There are two things in common among all American dollar bills. The first is their green color— the second is that each bill features a dead, white male.
Recently, a group of women from New York have come together to start a campaign titled “Women on 20s.” The goal of this campaign is to remove Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, from the $20 bill and instead, replace him with the face of an influential woman from American history, who would be voted on by the public.
“Our money says something about us as a society and it’s time to bring our money into the 21st century,” Susan Ades Stone, the campaign’s spokeswoman, said in an article published by NPR.
Stone believes Jackson’s “checkered” past, which included the pushing out of Native Americans, and ironic distaste for paper money makes him an ideal candidate to be removed from U.S. currency.
There are 15 women on the ballot including Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman and Eleanor Roosevelt. The first round of voting will end within the next few weeks and the top-three women will move to a final round. In the hopes of changing the face of American currency, the woman with the most votes will then be presented to the president “as the people’s choice.”
President Barack Obama has already shown support of such a movement during his speech in Kansas City last August.
Since 1929, there have been no changes to the featured mugs on U.S. bills and the poor execution of Susan B. Anthony silver dollars was not enough for those involved in the campaign. The hope of “Women on 20s” is to disseminate the new designed bill in 2020, which will be the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage— a nice parallel for the campaign.
Click here for designs of potential $20 bills.