The United States has unveiled its plans to feature a woman on the $10 note. The U.S Treasury Department announced its plans to put a female on the currency when it is redesigned in 2020.

"America's currency makes a statement about who we are and what we stand for as a nation," said Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. "The public outreach is going to give us a chance to hear from the American people about their ideas for what kind of symbols, ideas, and representation should be on the $10 bill." 

The new $10 will be released to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th amendment, which secured women's suffrage and is set to feature the face of a woman who played an intrinsic role in the fight for democracy and in American history.

The last female to feature on a U.S bill was in 1896 – when Martha Washington was the face of the $1 certificate. Alexander Hamilton (pictured above) has featured on the $10 bill since 1929, and there are currently 1.9 billion bills in circulation. 

"Our Democracy is a work in progress. We've always been committed to becoming a more perfect union," said Lew. "This decision of putting a woman on the $10 bill reflects our aspirations for the future as much as a reflection of the past."