Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mother Teresa has been chosen by a prominent US Republican presidential candidate as his preferred choice for the woman to be on a $10 note, describing her as an inspiration to everyone.
The suggestion came during the Republican presidential debate when all the 11 candidates on the podium were asked which woman they thought should take Alexander Hamilton’s place on the $10 bill (note), which the Department of Treasury has announced will be redesigned in 2020.
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“Well, it’s probably not, maybe, legal, but, I would pick Mother Teresa, the lady that I had a chance to meet, a woman who lived a life so much bigger than her own,” Ohio Governor John Kasich said.
“An inspiration to everyone when we think about our responsibility to love our neighbour as we love ourselves,” he said in response to the question which was posed to each of the 11 candidates.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush opted for the former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
“I would go with Ronald Reagan’s partner, Margaret Thatcher. Probably illegal, but what the heck?” he said.
Presidential candidates Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz opted for Rosa Parks, an African-American Civil Rights activist, whom the United States Congress called ‘the first lady of civil rights’ and ‘the mother of the freedom movement’.
Carly Fiorina, the only woman on the podium, did not give any name.
“I wouldn’t change the $10 bill, or the $20 bill. I think, honestly, it’s a gesture. I don’t think it helps to change our history. What I would think is that we ought to recognise that women are not a special interest group.
“Women are the majority of this nation. We are half the potential of this nation, and this nation will be better off when every woman has the opportunity to live the life she chooses,” she argued.