A campaign to celebrate the centenary of female suffrage has succeeded in getting a woman on a U.S. bank note, though she’ll have to share the honor with a man.

The Guardian reports:

Treasury secretary Jack Lew announced the process of redesigning the $10 bill late on Wednesday – less than a week after a high-profile petition was handed to Barack Obama calling on him to pick African-American slavery abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

The public campaign, which nominated the civil war heroine from a shortlist of 15 women, had suggested she replace president Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

But officials have opted to redesign the $10 bill instead, currently occupied by the first treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton, and plan a public consultation exercise of their own before making a final decision on who should be the new woman on the note later this year.

Lew also revealed that when the first new bills are printed in 2020 – coinciding with the 100th anniversary of American women receiving the right to vote – they are likely to continue to feature Hamilton: either by also incorporating him in the new design, or by producing several versions.

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— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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