A Woman Could Be Replacing Jackson on the $20 Bill

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President Andrew Jackson could be getting the boot from the $20 if a legislative bill that puts a historical female icon in his place gets passed. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the Women on the Twenty Act, which would call for a “panel of citizens” to advise Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on finding a replacement design. The bill goes hand-in-hand with the Women on 20s organization, whose goal is to see a female-focused redesign of the $20 just in time for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

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According to Circa, the candidates for the spot are Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller. What, no Ri-Ri? (She’d already have a good theme song.)

While there have been women featured on money in the past such as Sacagawea and Susan B. Anthony, this of course would mark the first time a woman’s face would appear on actual paper cash. Let’s hope it happens before the world transfers over to some sort of weird, futuristic, emoji-based currency.

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During a recent transaction, an elderly woman handed me a twenty and said, with eyes a’twinklin’ “Did you hear they might put a woman on the 20 dollar bill? I’d love to see that before I go...” And then we both melted into a puddle of feelings.