President Andrew Jackson’s run as the face of the $20 bill may be coming to an end.
Women On 20s, also known as W20, an organization dedicated to putting a woman on the $20 bill, recently compiled a list of prominent females who they see fit to take Jackson’s place. The initial candidates included Susan B. Anthony (who was once on the dollar coin before being replaced by Sacagawea), Eleanor Roosevelt, and Rosa Parks. The winner, selected after a calculation of over 600,000 votes, was Harriet Tubman.
Upon today’s announcement, Harriet Tubman became a trending topic on Twitter in the United States.
W20 is now petitioning President Obama to make this change. According to their website, the group would like the president to “make this change in time to have a new bill in circulation before the 100thanniversary of women’s suffrage in 2020.
Harriet Tubman would be an appropriate replacement. This would not only be a historical moment for women, but for African-Americans as well. Tubman played a huge role in the use of the Underground Railroad, which helped many slaves escape to freedom.
According to the W20 website, the organization has two reasons for specifically choosing the $20 bill. One, as previously stated, is it would be representative of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, which will be in 2020. In addition, the group would like to see a woman featured on currency that people actually use unlike the dollar coin, which is almost never seen and rarely produced.
There is also good reason to remove Jackson from the bill. During his presidency, Jackson played a large role in the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which forced Native Americans out of their homes to allow European settlers to move in. The journey resulted in the deaths of countless Native Americans.
A much younger American had already brought this issue to the president’s attention prior to the W20 campaign. In a speech he made last year, President Obama acknowledged a letter he received from Sofia, a nine-year-old girl from Massachusetts, who questioned why US currency does not feature women after studying about women’s rights in school. President Obama called her suggestion a “pretty good idea.”
England has already made its similar move. In 2013, the Bank of England replaced Charles Darwin with Jane Austin on the 10 notes.