The GSA Executive Committee has agreed to endorse a campaign led by GSA graduate student member Don Gibson and colleagues at the University of California, Davis, to get former GSA president Barbara McClintock on the new $10 bill. The Society leadership thought there was no better way to honor one of the true giants of our field–and American science in general–than by having McClintock on U.S. currency.
Here’s how you can help:
- Sign the Barbara on the Bill petition to show the groundswell of support from the community.
- Share your support for Barbara on the Bill directly with the Treasury Department by posting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #TheNew10.
- Encourage your colleagues, neighbors, family and friends to join the campaign. Share with your department, community, and network, and encourage everyone you know to sign the petition and contact the Treasury Department. (Barbara on the Bill Website, Facebook, Twitter).
In June, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew announced that the redesigned $10 bill would be the first to “feature a notable woman.”
McClintock was the 1939 Vice-President of the GSA and the Society’s 1945 President. She received GSA’s inaugural Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal in 1981 for lifetime achievement in the field of genetics, just two years before she was honored with the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her discovery of mobile genetic elements.
We hope you’ll join us in supporting efforts to get Barbara on the bill.