The effort to kick Andrew Jackson off of
the $20 Federal Reserve note and put a notable woman
in his place has reached Capitol Hill.
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., introduced the Women on the Twenty Act on April
15, which seeks to put together a citizen panel to recommend to
the secretary of the U.S. Treasury a woman whose likeness would be
featured on the $20 note in place of Jackson, a controversial figure
due to his treatment of Native Americans during his presidency in the
early 19th century.
Women on 20s
is an organization that has gotten publicity in recent months
(including celebrity-based publicity) for leading the
effort to replace Jackson. The group opened public voting on a
15-candidate poll earlier this year.
The top three vote-getters in the Women
On 20s poll will move on to a final round of voting.
Who are the candidates? Find out here
“Our paper currency is an important part
of our everyday lives and reflects our values, traditions and history
as Americans,” Shaheen said in a release posted on her website. “It’s
long overdue for that reflection to include the contributions of
women. The incredible grassroots support for this idea shows that
there’s strong support for a woman to be the new face of the twenty
The Women on 20s campaign hopes to make
the change on the $20 note by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the
passage of the 19 Amendment giving women the right to vote.
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