5 Reasons Why the First Woman Who Handled All of America's Money Rocks
Georgia Neese Clark Gray was a small-town banker from Kansas who later became the first woman to serve as U.S. Treasurer in 1949.
She was born on January 27, 1898, in a rural community of about 200 people and she later graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics from Washburn University of Topeka, Kansas in 1921.
Here are five reasons why we think she is awesome:
1. Clark Gray's signature appeared on about $30 billion worth of paper money during her time serving as treasurer of the United States
She handled all of the bills and coins as well as government securities stored in Washington's vaults.
2. Her position as first female U.S. treasurer should give the move to include a woman for the first time on a U.S. bill more traction
When President Harry Truman asked Clark Gray to take the treasurer position he said it would include a low pay and he wondered if she could afford to take the job. But she replied, "Can I afford not to?"
3. She was an associate of Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest-serving First Lady of the U.S.
Clark Gray often shared a speaking platform with Roosevelt on behalf of Democratic candidates.
4. Clark Gray was a Democratic National Committeewoman for 28 years before she became treasurer
The long-time position helped earn her a nomination from former President Harry Truman. He commented on her role saying: “She knows money affairs as well as any man, and anyone who brings their money here will know it is in charge of someone who knows how to take care of it."
5. Clark Gray was a trend-setter
Since 1949 all of the U.S. treasurers have been women.
We are remembering Clark Gray's accomplishments today and we are thrilled to note the current U.S. Treasurer, Rosie Rios, will be attending The 2016 MAKERS Conference now just days away.
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