AUSTIN (KXAN) — An online poll has narrowed down the potential replacement face of the $20 bill. Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Wilma Mankiller are the top picks to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. The group Women on 20s is pushing to get a female face on American currency by the year 2020.
W20 is petitioning the president and Congress to make the change by the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.
“The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote. So it seems fitting to commemorate that milestone by voting to elevate women to a place that is today reserved exclusively for the men who shaped American history. That place is on our paper money. And that new portrait can become a symbol of greater changes to come.
“Let’s make the names of female ‘disrupters’ — the ones who led the way and dared to think differently — as well-known as their male counterparts. In the process, maybe it will get a little easier to see the way to full political, social and economic equality for women. And hopefully it won’t take another century to realize the motto inscribed on our money: E pluribus unum, or ‘Out of many, one.'”
Why boot Andrew Jackson from the $20?
Two reasons that are gaining traction:
“1. Andrew Jackson was celebrated for his military prowess, for founding the Democratic party and for his simpatico with the common man. But as the seventh president of the United States, he also helped gain Congressional passage of the “Indian Removal Act of 1830” that drove Native American tribes of the Southeastern United States off their resource-rich land and into Oklahoma to make room for white European settlers. Commonly known as the Trail of Tears, the mass relocation of Indians resulted in the deaths of thousands from exposure, disease and starvation during the westward migration. Not okay.
“2. Some argue that because Jackson was a fierce opponent of the central banking system and favored gold and silver coin or “hard money” over paper currency, he is an ironic choice for immortalization on our money.”
About the finalists
The finalists emerged from an initial list of 100 candidates, whittled down from “a long and careful evaluation process that included advice from many experts in women’s history and, of course, votes from more than 256,000 people across America.” Half of the voters named Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks in the primary round as one of their top three choices.
“Because of strong public sentiment that people should have the choice of a Native American to replace Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller, was added to the final ballot,” reads the website. “In the Final Round, here, you may only vote for ONE of these four inspiring American women heroes to be on the $20 bill. Your vote can be cast only when you have included your name and email address in two locations, to assure accuracy.”