Here's how women can put themselves on the $10 bill for a cause

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015
The U.S. Department of the Treasury plans to take Alexander Hamilton off the $10 bill in 2020.

As the U.S. Department of the Treasury plans to put a woman on the $10 bill, a women's rights group is hoping to shift the conversation by making it possible for women to put themselves on currency -- but with a catch.

In a campaign called "The Real 10" hosted by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), women can post a photo of what it would look like if their photo was on the bill. Except instead of $10, the bill reflects income inequality based on their gender and race, according to AAUW research. White women are paid 79 cents for every dollar white men are paid, and the group's version of the $10 bill reflects that.

The Real 10 campaign was the AAUW's response to the Treasury Department's call for suggestions as to who should appear on the $10 bill.

"There's still a significant pay gap between men and women," explains the Real 10 campaign website. "We want more than just symbolic change."

Since the campaign began Monday, women have begun sharing their images and thoughts on social media using the hashtag #TheReal10.

The new bill will be rolled out in 2020. The goal date was chosen because it is the 100th anniversary of when women gained the right to vote, according to the Treasury Department. The department hopes to choose a historical female figure to be featured on the $10 by the end of the year.