For months, the grassroots movement Women on 20s has been fighting to remove the controversial figure Andrew Jackson from the 20-dollar bill and replace him with a woman. The movement has gained momentum and popular support, and over a half a million people voted in their online poll to choose a historical woman deserving of a space on the 20-dollar bill.
Eventually, the Treasury Department recognized the movement and said they would be happy to put a woman on an American bill.
The 10-dollar bill, though.
And not by herself.
On June 17, the Treasury Department announced plans to redesign the 10-dollar bill to include a woman on the currency.
This announcement was not the victory that Women on 20s had hoped for. On their website, they said the following.
Frankly, the choice of the $10 and not the $20 was a surprise to us. We targeted the $20 because it is a ubiquitous bill bearing the image Andrew Jackson, known more today for his mistreatment of Native Americans, involvement in the slave trade and hatred of paper currency than any other aspect of his legacy. We had no desire to unseat the exemplary Alexander Hamilton, a visionary founding father who designed our monetary system. But we were just as surprised to learn along with the public that Hamilton would not be going away, he would just be sharing the bill with the first woman on paper money in well over a century. And while the new design would be unveiled in 2020, the actual bills would not be circulated for several more years after that. Disappointingly, too little, too late for a proper celebration of women and their worth.
Women on 20s has many concerns about the choice of the 10-dollar bill and the protracted timeline for the bill’s release. “We’re still not sure we have all the answers, so for the moment, we will continue to consider our options for going forward, so do stay tuned. Points we are considering in formulating our position can be found here.”
Fortunately, the media has picked up on the hypocrisy of offering the Women on 20s movement the 10-dollar bill.
John Oliver recently did a segment covering the controversy saying with incisive eloquence, “This is basically the perfect embodiment of the women’s rights movement. Women ask for something they’ve earned, a bunch of men get together and talk about it, and then they give the women half and ask her to share it.”
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