07/08/2015 11:54 EDT | Updated 07/08/2016 01:12 EDT

Lew says he is sticking to plan to redesign $10 bill with woman

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is sticking with his plan to replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill with a woman. He says he expects a final decision soon.

Lew announced last month that as part of a redesign of the $10 note, he hoped to put a woman on the bill. The department called for the public to weigh in on who should be honoured.

He said that Hamilton's image would be retained in some way on the redesigned bill.

The announcement to remove Hamilton triggered a public outcry. But Lew says he is moving forward with his plan.

"We are committed ... to making a decision to put a woman on our currency and will do it as soon as possible," Lew said.

Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press