Women On 20s

Women On 20s

Claire Payne, Reporter

Recently, a nonprofit feminist organization has decided it is time to change the face of the twenty-dollar bill. Senator Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, introduced a bill that would form a committee to pitch a list of women for the Department of Treasury to print on a $20 bill.

The group decided to give Andrew Jackson the boot mainly because as the seventh president of the United States, he helped gain Congressional passage of the “Indian Removal Act of 1830,” or also known as the Trail of Tears. This was the mass relocation of Indians resulted in the deaths of thousands from exposure, disease and starvation during the westward migration. Also, Jackson was strongly against the central banking system and favored coin over paper currency, which is quite ironic for his representation on the $20 bill.

Among the four candidates is Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest-serving First Lady of the United States. She used her newspaper column, radio and speeches to make difference in civil and women’s rights, often in opposition to her husband FDR’s policies. She also served as the first chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, overseeing the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The next candidate is Harriet Tubman, the escaped slave to later on became one of those most influential abolitionist. She was one of the most famous “conductors” on the Underground Railroad, which was an elaborate safe network for slaves to escape. She helped free over 300 slaves and made 19 trips into the South.

Another candidate is Rosa Parks, famous for her refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man. Her arrest and the Montgomery bus boycott became symbols in the struggle for racial equality and civil rights in the United States.

The final candidate is Wilma Mankiller, is the most unknown of the group. She was the first elected female Chief of a Native nation, and helped revitalize the Nation through extensive community development, self-help, education and healthcare programs for the Cherokee Nation’s 300,000 citizens.

All of the candidates seem worthy of the grand commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote. Whether or not the currency gender gap is closed by 2020, it’s definitely time for women to be represented in our currency.