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Rosa Parks

Taro Yamasaki



Rosa ParksHarriet Tubman, and more than a dozen other women should be on the $20 bill, according to a new campaign launched by a feminist group. The non-profit, Women On 20s, wants to diversify U.S. currency to commemorate the 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.

From Women On 20s:

“It seems fitting to commemorate that milestone by voting to elevate women to a place that is today reserved exclusively for the men who shaped American history. That place is on our paper money. And that new portrait can become a symbol of greater changes to come.

Let’s make the names of female “disrupters” — the ones who led the way and dared to think differently — as well-known as their male counterparts. In the process, maybe it will get a little easier to see the way to full political, social and economic equality for women. And hopefully it won’t take another century to realize the motto inscribed on our money: E pluribus unum, or “Out of many, one.”

The group listed 15 women of history more fitting for the $20 bill than President Andrew Jackson, who held office from 1829-1837. Jackson was a slave owner that was against the idea of paper currency, and championed the “Indian Removal Act of 1830” (the title is self explanatory, but if you need more information click here).

Sourjourner TruthShirley Chilsholm, Margaret Sanger, Elanor Roosevelt, and Susan B. Anthony, are included on the replacement list. The candidates will be narrowed down to a top 3 via public votes. Voting closes at the end of March.

“Many women contribute to our society, philosophy and culture,” founder Barbara Ortiz Howard told Yahoo News. “It’s an opportunity to have a very rich history lesson for everyone.”

The Secretary of the Treasury was granted the power to chose which presidents appear on currency in 1862. In 1929, the responsibility the Treasury picked a special committee for the task.

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