Did you know that 2020 is the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment which granted American women universal suffrage? To commemorate the event, the nonprofit Women On 20s is campaigning to replace President Andrew Jackson on the 20-dollar bill with an influential American woman.
Not only is 2020 a perfect anniversary for replacing the 20-dollar bill, President Andrew Jackson is also a problematic figure in American history. His biggest act according to Women on 20s, was “the Indian Removal Act of 1830 which drove Native American tribes of the Southeastern United States off their resource-rich land and into Oklahoma to make room for white European settlers.” This is naturally not a legacy we should to celebrate on our currency.
It makes sense, then, that someone else should be on the 20-dollar bill. Why not a woman? The concept even has the support of President Barack Obama who said in a speech in Kansas City, “A young girl wrote to ask me why aren’t there any women on our currency, and then she gave me like a long list of possible women to put on our dollar bills and quarters and stuff — which I thought was a pretty good idea.”
Four women made it as finalists in this campaign, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller. More than 600,000 people voted to determine the winner in the contest put together by The Women On 20s Campaign. They hope that with all the attention, Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew will act – and we’ll have a new $20 bill that better represents the diverse faces of America. Let’s hope they’re right!
The Women On 20s Campaign recently announced Harriet Tubman as the winner, and the candidate they support for the next step to get a woman on the 20!
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