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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.


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.