Utah women on the ten dollar bill

Utah women on the ten dollar bill

The U.S. Treasury Department announced recently that they will put a woman on the $10 bill starting in 2020. Since they haven’t decided yet who will go on the currency, I thought it would be fun to see what it might look like if they chose a Utah woman. (Note: the Treasury Department has said the nominee must be dead. Some of the women below are certainly not dead, but this is my blog post and I’ll do what I want.)

Martha Hughes Cannon

Martha Hughes Cannon

Martha Hughes Cannon was the first woman in the United States to be elected state senator (1896) after she ran against her husband and defeated him by 2,500 votes.

Martha was a Welsh immigrant who starting working as a schoolteacher by the time she was 14 years old. She later attended the University of Michigan school of medicine and then studied pharmacy at the University of Pennsylvania. She practiced medicine in Salt Lake City for a number of years.

She was part of the women’s suffrage movement, even traveling to D.C. to speak before a Congressional Committee.

 

Mary Jane Dilworth

Mary Jane Dilworth

Mary Jane Dilworth was the first school teacher in Utah. Before the Mormon pioneers headed west, Brigham Young was so impressed with the way Mary held the attention of children that he gave her a special mission to start the first school in the Salt Lake Valley.

 

Olene Walker

Olene Walker

Olene Walker was the first (and so far only) female governor of the state of Utah. Prior to being governor she was Utah’s Lieutenant Governor for 10 years and served in the Utah legislature for 8 years.

 

Becky Lockhart

Becky Lockhart

Becky Lockhart was Utah’s first female Speaker of the House. She was known as an open and collaborative Speaker, who tried hard to make sure every legislators bills were treated fairly. Lockhart served in the House for a total of 16 years.

 

Margaret Dayton

Margaret Dayton

Margaret Dayton has been in the legislature more than 18 years, 10 in the House and 8 in the Senate. She has long been one of the conservative stalwarts in the legislature and has received many awards and recognitions for her dedicated service to the state and community.

 

Mia Love

Mia Love

Mia Love is the first black Republican woman elected to Congress. Previously she was the first black woman to be elected mayor in Utah. She is a rising star in the national political scene and likely will have plenty of opportunities to make a significant difference in public policy.

 

DeidreHenderson

Deidre Henderson

Deidre Henderson was elected to the Utah State Senate in 2012. While Deidre has already made a big impact in her short time in the Utah Senate, I included her here mostly because of what the future may bring. Should her former boss Jason Chaffetz (she was his campaign manager) opt to run for another office or be appointed to a cabinet position, Deidre would be a favorite to win the 3rd Congressional District seat.

Who’d we miss? Leave a comment below and let us know which Utah women you’d like to see.

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Michael has been active in Utah politics since 2009 and admits he still has a lot to learn. He lives in Provo with his wife Jessica and their two small children. Follow Michael on Twitter: @UTJolley

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  • Thomas Merrill

    “Olene Walker was the first (and so far only) governor of the state of
    Utah.”

    I can think of a few other governors Utah has had;)