Typically, we don't look to 9-year-olds for valuable insights.
However, the words of an enlightend young girl from Massachusets
might make you reconsider.
Time Magazine reports that while
learning about women's rights in her third grade class last spring,
she realized the lack of women on any form of American currency. She
decided to send a letter to President Barack Obama alerting him to
this fact and making some suggestions on ladies who deserve the honor,
including Rosa Parks and Helen Keller.
After Obama mentioned it in a speech last year, the handwritten
letter to the president gained national attention.
This year, not long after Sofia's note went out, the Women on 20s movement aiming to have a notable
American woman to replace Andrew Jackson on the current $20 bill has
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Women on 20s has a poll, which
is exclusively online, that allows the public vote on which
historically signficant woman should take Jackson's place.
But back to Sofia.
Though President Obama cited her letter in that speech last year, he
didn't respond to Sofia personally unitl February of this year,
according to Time.
In his response, published by Time, Obama flexed all of his
public relations muscles. He failed to mention the Women on 20s
movement directly, or even directly address Sofia's desire to put
women on coins and notes. But he did thank her, compliment her as an
"impressive" young lady, and express support for the overall
mission of gender equality.
The president stressed how important it is for her to stay involved
with things that she cares about, along with inviting her and her
family to the White House on Sunday for the Annual Easter Egg Roll.
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