This isn’t a quote from financial expert Suzie Orman. It’s from www.WomenOn20s.org, a growing social movement to boot Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill, replacing him with a woman who “embodies the values, ambitions and ethics upon which this country was founded.”
Do you support this movement? If yes, whose face would you like to see on the $20 bill? Women on 20s hopes to collect enough votes to compel President Obama to replace Old Hickory on the $20 bill.
Want to participate? Cast your vote here for up to three of the following 15 candidates. A range of experts was consulted to come up with this list. (The site also includes brief bios of each candidate.)
THE 15: Alice Paul, Sojourner Truth, Betty Friedan, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rachel Carson, Rosa Parks, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Clara Barton, Susan B. Anthony, Frances Perkins, Margaret Sanger, Harriett Tubman, Shirley Chisholm, Patsy Mink, Barbara Jordan
Famous women in America have not been entirely left out. The one exception for paper bills is Martha Washington, whose face appeared on the $1 silver certificate (1886, 1891) and the back of the $1 silver certificate (1896). And, we all know that Susan B. Anthony appeared on a $1 coin (which was often mistaken for a quarter dollar.)
For the record, here is a complete list of the images that appear on our nation’s paper currency. Most are presidents; all are men: George Washington ($1 ), Thomas Jefferson ($2) Abraham Lincoln ($5), Alexander Hamilton ($10), Andrew Jackson ($20), Ulysses S. Grant ($50), Benjamin Franklin ($100), William McKinley ($500), Grover Cleveland ($1,000), James Madison ($5,000), Salmon P. Chase ($10,000), Woodrow Wilson ($100,000).
Do you support or oppose replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill?
Which of the 15 candidates is your top choice—and why?
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