By Heather Farrell
A group called “Women on 20s” is lobbying for Congress to put a woman on the $20 bill. The group has narrowed it down to four candidates to replace the face of Andrew Jackson, the seventh United States President.
The finalists are Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Wilma Mankiller, a famous Indian chief. They were chosen by more than 250, 000 voters in an online poll consisting of 15 famous American women.
W20, as the group is also called, is trying to get one of these women on the $20 bill by 2020. They would like it to be in time for the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
Susan B. Anthony was among the original candidates but surprisingly did not make it to the final four. It could be because the famous suffragist appeared on the dollar coin before being replaced with Sacagawea.
W20 is petitioning for women on paper currency, not just coins. “We believe this simple, symbolic and long-overdue change could be an important stepping stone for other initiatives promoting gender equality,” W20 states on its website. “Our money does say something about us, about what we value.”
Whether or not W20 gets its way, the $10 bill will receive a transformation. Currently featuring Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of Treasury, the new version is planned to enter circulation in 2020.