On Friday, The Hamlin School was honored to welcome former Treasurer of the United States, Rosie Rios.
Rosie Rios was the 43rd Treasurer of the United States and has accepted a position as a Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University effective October of 2016. She is most recently known for initiating and leading the historic efforts to place a woman on U.S. currency for the first time in over a century. She resigned her position in July 2016 and received the Hamilton Award, the highest honor bestowed in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. At the time of her resignation, she was the longest serving Senate-confirmed Treasury official beginning with her time on the Treasury/Federal Reserve Transition Team in November 2008 at the height of the financial crisis.
Treasurer Rios gave an inspiring presentation and shared the following (among other points):
-“It is important for me that girls see themselves on our currency. I want girls to see themselves as history-makers. It is inspiration for aspiration.”
-She spoke about how few women from history are seen in public places, as statues, on our currency, on the walls of high school classrooms.
-She led a campaign asking the American people for suggestions about which woman should be on the twenty-dollar bill.
-Harriet Tubman was selected for the twenty-dollar bill, but Treasurer Rios wanted every submitted woman to be recognized. She created a website called Teachers Righting History, where people can learn more about all the women who received votes, almost 250 in total.
-“There are very few public statues of women. San Francisco doesn’t have a single one. But very soon there will be a statue of Maya Angelou in front of the Main Public Library.”
-Treasurer Rios is leading a campaign to bring more public statues of women to cities like New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.
-Treasurer Rios is also working with Major League Baseball to create baseball cards of all the women from the Teachers Righting History database. The MLB will be distributing these baseball cards at games next season.
-As a special surprise, Treasurer Rios signed (above her official printed signature) and distributed dollar bills for every middle school girl.
To learn more about her work with Teachers Righting History, please visit: http://teachersrightinghistory.org/