Want to See a Woman on the $20 Bill?
Prepare your wallets: The $20 bill might be getting a makeover. Last week, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) introduced a bill to update the $20 bill—specifically, to replace the current image of Andrew Jackson with a portrait of one of the most important female figures in United States history.
Shaheen's initiative coincides with the efforts of Women on 20s, a nonprofit organization dedicated to updating the current currency. Should the bill pass, this does not mean that the $20 bill would change overnight. Instead, it would "require the Secretary of the Treasury to convene a panel of citizens to make a recommendation to the Secretary regarding the likeness of a woman on the $20 bill" (via congress.gov). And Women on 20s has a few suggestions.
Their top contenders? First Lady and UN delegate Eleanor Roosevelt, Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman, civil-rights pioneer Rosa Parks, and the first elected female chief of the Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller. Voting is now open on Women on 20s, and it's up to you, the American public, to decide who should be the new face of the $20 bill.
What are your thoughts on the campaign? ICYMI: Putting a woman on the paper currency has the support of one high-profile figure: President Obama.