A movement has come about from a group that is seeking to have Andrew Jackson replaced on the $20 bill. Their movement is looking to have a woman replace the former president’s likeness on the bill, and they’ve now whittled the choices down to four – Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and Wilma Mankiller.
The campaign is called “Women on 20s” had voters choose three of their favorite selections from 15 women candidates. After the voting process, the numbers were tallied and the choices are down to the Final Four and it’s another voting process to select the ultimate winner.
“In the past 48 hours since the final round started, we’ve had 60,000 people cast votes already,” the group’s executive director, Susan Ades Stone. told ABC News today. “Though all these women and many more deserve to be honored, the winner will be a symbol of what we hope are greater things to come.”
The group is doing everything they can to spread the word on what they’re trying to accomplish. On their website, they are asking voters to use the #WOMENON20S hashtag and even post a photo after voting.
There is no end date yet in sight for the Final Four in the chase to possibly replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Once it does end though and a woman is chosen, the campaign will take the next step.
That next step is asking President Barack Obama to begin the process that will get the top woman vote-getter onto the $20 bill. The hope of “Women on 20s” is to have the bill approved by 2020 as it marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment being passing that gave women the right to vote.
Yahoo posted the key facts for all four women that are in the competition to have their likeness placed on the $20 bill.
Rosa Parks – Civil Rights Activist
President Obama has said of her, “In a single moment, with the simplest of gestures, she helped change America and changed the world…. She takes her rightful place among those who shaped this nation’s course.”
Eleanor Roosevelt – First Lady
Eleanor Roosevelt was the very first wife of a United States president to take an activist role and have her own press conferences, radio broadcasts, and syndicated columns to present her causes. She also served as a delegate to the United Nations after the passing of her husband.
Wilma Mankiller – Cherokee Nation Leader
In modern times, Mankiller was the first elected female chief of a Native nation and she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998.
Harriet Tubman – Abolitionist
Tubman was said to have returned to the South during the Civil War an estimated 19 times even though her life was always at risk. Her return led slaves to freedom in the North via the Underground Railroad.
The movement from Women on 20s is really pushing forward with their campaign to get Andrew Jackson replaced on the $20 bill. A lot of attention is coming their way and it is very likely to get the attention of President Obama so it will be interesting to see where this goes.
[Images via Women On 20s/Yahoo]