In 2020, we will celebrate the centennial of women gaining the right to vote in the United States. What better way to recognize this important event than to include the image of a woman on the $20 bill!
I know not everyone’s in favor of replacing Andrew Jackson with the face of a woman, but the reasons against such a change are pretty lame.
I’ve heard the classic, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” argument; but I don’t remember that being said when the quarter was redesigned…first for the bicentennial quarters and then the state quarters and most recently the national park quarters. The quarter wasn’t “broke”, but it changed and the world didn’t come to an end.
Others claim our paper currency should only picture American presidents. Do they not realize Alexander Hamilton ($10 bill) and Salmon Chase ($10,000 bill…not that anyone I know has ever had one of these) were Treasury Secretaries, not presidents? And what’s Benjamin Franklin doing on the $100? Not a president, not a Treasury Secretary, not a Senator or Representative or Supreme Court Justice. Yes, he was a Founding Father, an inventor, a diplomat. I’m not saying Hamilton, Chase or Franklin shouldn’t be pictured on our money, I’m just saying the whole presidents only argument isn’t valid.
So why the $20 bill? Well, as I see it, there’s a lot of symbolism 2020, the 100th anniversary of women voting…look at all those 20s. The $20 is also one that is widely circulated. Those ATM machines spit out a lot of twenties making it the perfect choice. And who do you think spends those $20s? Women, as well as men.
And for those who are worried about poor Andrew Jackson: First, he’s dead…so he’s not going to be upset. Second, do you know how Andrew Jackson felt about paper money? He issued an executive order requiring buyers of government lands to make payment in gold or silver, no paper currency. He also destroyed the Second Bank of the US. These two actions resulted in the greatest depression our country had seen. Do these actions sound like those of someone who would be proud to have his mug on paper money? I don’t think so.
The list below includes the fifteen finalists, a group of women who have made an impact on society.
- Alice Paul
- Betty Friedan
- Shirley Chisholm
- Sojourner Truth
- Rachel Carson
- Rosa Parks
- Barbara Jordan
- Margaret Sanger
- Patsy Mink
- Clara Barton
- Harriet Tubman
- Frances Perkins
- Susan B. Anthony
- Eleanor Roosevelt
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Read about these candidates, as well as other nominees and then vote for the three women you’d most like to see on the twenty dollar bill. When this first round of voting (the primary phase) is complete, you can vote in the general election and let the US Treasury know which women you’d like to see on our money. Click here to vote!