Want to See a Woman’s Face on a Twenty Dollar Bill? There’s a Campaign to Do That


Last July, President Obama spoke to a little girl who asked why there were no women’s faces on any of the paper currency in the U.S. It was a fair question and he gave her a fair answer – there should be. There should be women on American currency.

This gave rise to a little publicized movement to do exactly that – get a woman on paper money. Women on 20s put up a voting poll where you can peruse a selection of women to propose for the honor of showing up in wallets all over the place – on the $20 bill instead of Andrew Jackson.

I would guess the little girl, like lots of little girls, wouldn’t be able to list even one accomplishment of Andrew Jackson’s but I bet she knows who Rosa Parks is. I’d like to think her mother taught her about Susan B. Anthony, or Eleanor Roosevelt, or Sojourner Truth, or any of the other 15 finalists.

I’m a little sad that Amelia Earhart did not make the cut even though she landed in third place after the speech in July prompted an impromptu poll. She was right after Beyonce.

Beyonce isn’t such a bad idea. She’s making a very comfortable living in a male dominated profession and working hard. As a role model to little girls aspiring to careers in the music business – she fills the “bill,” wouldn’t you say?

Here are the 15 women nominees Women on 20s has selected for your vote:

Susan B. Anthony‎

Patsy Mink‎

Rachel Carson‎

Rosa Parks‎

Sojourner Truth‎

Alice Paul‎

Eleanor Roosevelt‎

Shirley Chisholm‎

Clara Barton‎

Elizabeth Cady Stanton‎

Margaret Sanger‎

Harriet Tubman‎

Betty Friedan‎

Barbara Jordan‎

Frances Perkins‎

I voted and you can too here.

Anne Born is a New York-based writer who has been writing stories and poetry since childhood.  She blogs on The Backpack Press and Tumbleweed Pilgrim and her writing focuses on family and life in a big city after growing up in a small one.  She is the author of “A Marshmallow on the Bus” and “Prayer Beads on the Train” and a photographer who specializes in photos of churches, cemeteries, and the Way of St. James in Spain.  Most of her writing is done on the bus.  www.about.me/anneborn. You can follow Anne on Wattpad, Instagram, and Twitter at @nilesite.

photo: Women on 20s

  • Allison L. Jones-Lo

    I have been all over several web sites and Facebook pages. Where do I vote?

  • Elizabeth Werner

    Please direct us to a voting website. This is important for all of us. Our daughters and granddaughters.
    How many twenties do each of us use in just one week.????? Really!!!

  • kevin72132003

    It would not surprise me that a child could not name one accomplishment of Andrew Jackson. That speaks volumes about the inadequacy of our educational system. That being said the woman to be placed on the twenty must be Taylor Swift.

  • pravapot

    must be Helen Keller

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