For the 11 college-educated presidential candidates on stage at the main Republican primary debate Wednesday night, those are pretty much the only American women they seemed to be able to think of.
CNN host Jake Tapper curated one of the night's last questions from social media. "Earlier this year, the Treasury Department announced that a woman will appear on the $10 bill," Tapper said. "What woman would you like to see on the $10 bill?"
He then went around the debate stage for rapid-fire responses. Apparently it was a little too rapid-fire for some of the GOP candidates.
Here are everyone's answers:
Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.): Susan B. Anthony
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee: His wife
Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.): Rosa Parks
Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.): Rosa Parks (also, he'd leave Alexander Hamilton on the $10 and knock Andrew Jackson off the $20)
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson: His mom
Real estate mogul Donald Trump: His daughter, Ivanka. Oh yeah, and Rosa Parks.
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush: Former U.K. prime minister Margaret Thatcher
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina: Nobody. ("I don't think it helps to change our history. ... We ought to recognize that women are not a special interest group," she explained.)
Ohio Gov. John Kasich: Mother Teresa
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: America's second first lady, Abigail Adams
Bush added of his Thatcher pick that it's "probably illegal, but what the heck." And it would be illegal, since the woman must be an American. So that nixes Mother Teresa (Bush later walked back from even that answer, telling NBC "You know, I don't think that's the most relevant thing in the world. I would give it up to the -- on the Internet and let people decide this.")
The woman must also be dead, which nixes living immediate family members -- even if that were a good answer on some planet.
Suffice to say, almost all of these are either very safe or very weak. We came up with 33 women who would all make great candidates for the $10 bill. What about Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to Congress? Maya Angelou, the famed poet and civil rights activist? There's lots to work with here, which is why our list had 33 names! What's more, Bush's post-debate reaction to the question reveals his disdain for being asked something so trivial.
We know this question came toward the end of a three-hour (!) debate, but it presented a unique opportunity for the candidates on stage to connect with American women of all different colors from both sides of the aisle -- if only any of them had tried.