A New Face On The $20 Bill?


We very well may have a woman president after election 2016. And not long after that we may soon see a woman’s face on the $20 bill.

Earlier this month, New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen introduced legislation – Women on the 20 Act – to replace Andrew Jackson with a woman who has had a remarkable impact on American history.

It has been almost 90 years since any of the seven common denominations has been updated. Andrew Jackson’s face was introduced on the $20 bill 1928, and many feel it’s time that our currency feature individuals other than white male slave-owners. Several countries have had much more recent updates of their paper currency, featuring not just politicians but also notable scientists and business people. And many countries display women on their currency – you’ll see Queen Elizabeth’s face on adorning many a paper note in the U.K.

The grass-roots campaign Women on 20s conducted a contest to narrow down the field of possible candidates for the honor, and having received votes from nearly half a million participants the list of finalists include abolitionist Harriet Tubman, civil rights leader Rosa Parks, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and the first female Cherokee chief Wilma Mankiller. The group wants to see a woman’s face on the $20 bill by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote.

Many of the world’s most significant business and financial institutions are headed by women, including Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer, Facebook’s Chief Opperations Officer Sheryl Sandberg, and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

Given its high circulation, being the only bill that most ATMs disperse, having a woman on the $20 bill would have major symbolic significance. Currently, the only women on U.S. currency are Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea, found on the rare dollar coin.

Is it time to put a woman on the $20 bill? Vote and comment on the proposal here, and feel free to suggest other women you’d like to see on the bill.

Should a woman go on the $20 bill?

Senator Jeanne Shaheen has introduced legislation to replace Andrew Jackson with a woman on the $20 bill.

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