SILVER SPRING, Md. — A massive lobbying effort launched by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to put Ellen G. White on new $10 bills has paid off. Less than a week after news from the US Treasury Department that a redesigned $10 bill would feature a woman, US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that he had chosen White for the special honor.
“Although not as widely known outside her denomination, Ellen White is the most translated non-fiction female author in the history of literature,” said Lew. “Also, she is the most translated American non-fiction author of either gender. I felt these accomplishments were worthy of some recognition.”
“We are delighted at the news that Mrs. White will grace our new $10 bills,” said General Conference spokesperson Morre Elevant. “She represents all that is best about the American woman: bold, outspoken, resourceful, literally visionary and way ahead of her time.”
Elevant stressed that having White on the $10 bill will bring a whole new level of visibility for the Adventist church and its female co-founder. “There is also a chance that it will boost our offerings as a church as members will be reminded of their faith every time they are tempted to put a $1 or $5 bill in the offering plate,” said Elevant.