Move To Replace Jackson On $20
Posted on 5/19/2015
Want to remove a dead president from American paper money?
Here is your chance to take a step toward that goal by retiring Andrew Jackson.
An online campaign has been launched to put a woman on the $20 Federal Reserve Note by 2020 to mark the 100th anniversary of the consitutional amendment that gave women the right to vote in the United States.
Two rounds of online balloting were scheduled to be conducted by Women on $20s, a nonprofit organization. The first round of voting was for 15 candidates and as of press time for BNR, had concluded.
Biographies were given to provide identities for names you might not be familiar with. Voters could choose from Alice Paul, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Sojourner Truth, Rachel Carson, Rosa Parks, Barbara Jordan, Margaret Sanger, Patsy Mink, Clara Barton, Harriet Tubman, Frances Perkins, Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Three of the women have already been honored on U.S. coinage:
- Alice Paul is on a 2012 First Spouse gold coin for Chester A. Arthur, who was a widower when he was president.
- Susan B. Anthony is on the dollar coin of 1979-1981 and 1999.
- Eleanor Roosevelt is on the First Spouse gold coin of 2014.
Of these three, only Eleanor Roosevelt made it to the final ballot.
The site, announcing that it had more than 256,000 participants for the first ballot, said that Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks are the people's choice and will advance to the final ballot.
Though she was not included on the first ballot, the website has announced that, "Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller has been added to the final ballot by popular demand in order to include a choice of a Native American to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20."
Women on $20s was founded by Barbara Ortiz Howard and Susan Ades Stone.
They polled almost 200 historians to help create the list of candidates.
For additional information, go to www.womenon20s.org.
To see who was the winning candidate, go to www.womenon20s.org/results.
This article was originally published in the May 2015 Vol. 63 No. 5 issue of the Bank Note Reporter.
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