February Equality Salon

February 21, 2017

Equality Salon with former Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument 

A woman’s place is in the house and in the Senate, and Rosie Rios has made certain that there’s a place on the U.S. Currency for women as well. Her time at the U.S. Treasury and in the private sector has offered her the opportunity to be persistent when it comes to promoting women’s progress and recognizing women’s history. In our first Equality Salon of 2017, we look forward to hearing from Rosie and discussing her tips for finding the right role model, taking a seat at the table, and becoming “constructive disruptors” in the workplace.

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Rosie Rios was the 43rd Treasurer of the United States and is a Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She is most recently known for initiating and leading the efforts to place a portrait of a woman on the front of U.S. currency for the first time in the nation’s history. She resigned her position in July 2016 and received the Hamilton Award, the highest honor bestowed in the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Her almost eight-year effort to redesign the nation’s currency included the first-ever nationwide public engagement process in the history of the federal government using a social media portal, roundtables and town halls. In April of 2016, Treasury announced that women will be placed on the $5, $10 and $20 bills reflecting the theme of democracy. The concepts will be unveiled in 2020 in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote.

Her career has focused on real estate finance, economic development and urban revitalization in both the public and private sectors. She is a graduate of Harvard University and was selected as the first Latina in Harvard’s 380-year history to have a portrait commissioned in her honor. The portrait will be publicly unveiled in 2017.

Treasurer Rios continues advocating for women and girls as she prepares to launch her EMPOWERMENT 2020 initiative and has already unveiled its first project, Teachers Righting History, www.teachersrightinghistory.org on August 26, Equality Day. She currently lectures about her tenure in Treasury and building leadership and civic engagement.