If women are getting a seat at the table, it’s the seat by the dishcart. Cash today is less important than at any point in American history. And when it comes to everyday money, statistics show that the $10 is about the slightest gesture you could make.
“Of the most-used notes, it’s the least important,” said Douglass Mudd, curator and museum director of the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum in Colorado Springs. The $20 and the $1 are the small bills Americans really use. The percentage of $10 bills among all circulating currency has declined significantly in the last 20 years, from 8.75% to about 5.3% of total volume.
It’s just the latest episode in a long pattern of women getting the least-valuable placements on American currency.