In the year 2020, Americans will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which extended the right to vote to female citizens of the United States. And one group is proposing that the occasion be celebrated by putting abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.
Women on 20s is the nonprofit group suggesting that a piece of paper currency feature a famous American woman. First they offered up a host of candidates. Over 250,000 people voted, and from that primary round emerged four finalists: Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks and Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.
Of that round, Tubman received the most votes, 118,328. Roosevelt came in second with 111,227.
Now the group is asking members of the public to help spread the word by Tweeting with the hashtag #DearMrPresident.
In case you’re wondering about how the Susan B. Anthony and Sacajawea coins figure into the group’s call for women on currency, the website addresses that, saying that neither coin is used often. They say putting a woman on more frequently used money would be a way to remind people of the achievements of American women.
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The group also explains its reasoning why Andrew Jackson should lose his spot on the $20 bill, noting his role in the passage of the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the fact he favored “hard” currency over paper money.