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College Founder Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul '05 to be Featured on New $10 Bill

Lucretia Mott and Alice Paul, 1905

Lucretia Mott, a founder of Swarthmore College known for her anti-slavery and equal rights work, and Alice Paul, Class of 1905, a women's rights advocate and pioneer in non-violent resistance, will be incorporated into the new design for the $10 bill, the Treasury Department announced on Wednesday.

Both will appear on the back of the bill, along with Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth.

A Quaker minister and major figure in the reform movements of the 19th century, Mott (1793-1880) devoted her life to the abolition of slavery, women’s rights, school and prison reforms, temperance, peace, and religious tolerance. Her home in Philadelphia was a stop on the Underground Railroad and her support of women’s education also led to the founding of what became the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Moore College of Art, both in Philadelphia.

A New Jersey Quaker and pioneer in non-violent resistance, Paul (1885-1977) was the leader of the militant wing of the suffrage movement from 1913 to 1920. She founded the National Woman’s Party and organized pickets of Woodrow Wilson’s White House for women’s suffrage. Later, she wrote the first version of the Equal Rights Amendment submitted to Congress.

Last week, President Obama Honored Paul by dedicating the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument in Washington D.C.

Read more about the planned currency changes at The New York Times.

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