If you’re tired of the faces on your “dolla dolla bills” being solely male, you may be getting the change you’ve been looking for. In a recent online poll geared towards pushing President Obama to diversify the look of our hard earned cash, over 600,000 people voted to replace former President Andrew Jackson with abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman as the new face of the $20 bill. Tubman won with over 33% of the votes, beating Eleanor Roosevelt by 7,000 votes.
Petitions to put the woman who escaped slavery and rescued about 70 others on the $20 bill were delivered to the White House Council on Women and Girls and to the office of U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios yesterday. The creators of the petition, Women On 20s, are adamant about the need for the change.
“Our paper bills are like pocket monuments to great figures in our history,” Women On 20s Executive Director Susan Ades Stone said in a statement. “Our work won’t be done until we’re holding a Harriet $20 bill in our hands in time for the centennial of women’s suffrage in 2020.”
According to Women on 20s, whether you voted or not, you can still help bring Harriet Tubman’s face to the $20 bill.
Whether you voted or not, please consider joining our “Virtual March” to the White House to bolster the petition. You don’t have to leave home to show your support. All you have to do is use the hashtag #DearMrPresident in your social media posts and you’ll be helping us amplify the call for historic change. Think of it as a chant for women’s equality & value that will ring across the internet in tweets and Facebook messages heard loud and clear in Washington.
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