We are on the verge of (hopefully) electing our first female president next year, yet all of our money is marked with the faces of old, white guys who in our newly blossoming feminist era feel highly irrelevant. Yet a Senate bill aimed at replacing Andrew Jackson’s face on the $20 bill for the faces of iconic American heroines is finally bringing us up to speed with our progressive generation.
The measure, introduced by New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, came out of the overwhelming support from the Women on 20s campaign. The survey which doubles as a petition has had over 256,000 voters in the last five weeks. The finalists have been narrowed down to Wilma Mankiller, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt and Harriet Tubman.
While Jackson is known for founding the Democratic Party, he is also responsible for the Indian Removal Act of 1830 which forced out Native Americans from their homes in the Southeast to Oklahoma in order to make room for white European settlers, otherwise known as the Trail of Tears — a primary reason for booting this old president from the bill.
Also, the year 2020 marks the centennial anniversary of the 19th amendment, when women got the right to vote. Finally having a woman’s face grace American money is the perfect way to commemorate this groundbreaking piece of history.