Which woman would the Republican presidential candidates put on the $10 bill? The most popular choice: civil rights activist Rosa Parks.
Parks, who helped spark the civil rights movement by refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus in 1955, was the woman of choice for Senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. They praised her for changing the nation.
“An everyday American that changed the course of history,” Rubio said.
The Treasury Department is planning to replace Alexander Hamilton with a woman when it redesigns the bill in 2020. At the end of Wednesday’s debate, CNN moderator Jake Tapper asked the Republican presidential candidates whom they would put on the $10 bill.
The candidates gave a wide range of responses, including two family members and two foreigners.
The lone woman on the stage, Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, said she wouldn’t change the bill, noting women are not a special interest group and putting a woman on the $10 bill is just a “gesture.”
“This nation will be better off when every woman has the opportunity to live the life she chooses,” Fiorina said.
Here’s the full list of responses:
Donald Trump: Rosa Parks (after he first named his daughter, Ivanka)
Ben Carson: His mom
Jeb Bush: Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of the United Kingdom
Carly Fiorina: No change
Marco Rubio: Rosa Parks
Ted Cruz: Rosa Parks (but he’d put her on the $20 bill, replacing Andrew Jackson instead. He wouldn’t change the $10 bill.)
Scott Walker: Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross
Mike Huckabee: His wife
John Kasich: Mother Teresa, a nun known for her charitable work in Calcutta, India.
Rand Paul: Susan B. Anthony, a leader of the women’s suffrage movement
Chris Christie: Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, second president of the U.S.
Asked by CNNMoney whom they would pick, readers also selected Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony. Other top choices included abolitionist Harriet Tubman and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
Ultimately, the decision will be up to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.