“That a woman’s likeness is missing from many of our daily experiences, including paper money says we don’t accept women as equal, valuable or worthy as a society…” Says Barbara Ortiz Howard, a woman on a mission to get a woman on the 20 dollar bill. Andrew Jackson is currently on the 20 and is a controversial figure considering he passed the Indian Removal Act in 1830. Not to mention the tremendous irony his face has resided on the bill for so long considering he opposed paper money all together and made it a mission of his presidency to destroy the National Bank.
Howard is getting the conversation started and creating a campaign to get a prominent female figure on our 20. Starting march 1st, the public can vote here on which figure they would like to see in their wallet. What does it take to get a new face on our money? The Secretary of Treasury usually has the final say and getting the President to request a change is what it takes. Wouldn’t it be great if there was at least one female face in a crowd of white (green) guys on our bills?
“Jackson Vetoes Bank Bill — July 10, 1832”. Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia.http://millercenter.org/president/events/07_10 Retrieved Feb 12 2015
“Heads Up Andrew… This Woman Is On A Historic Crusade To Get A Woman On The 20 Dollar Bill” WYSK. Feb 11 2015. Retrieved Feb 12 2015 http://www.womenyoushouldknow.net/heads-andrew-woman-historic-crusade-get-woman-20-dollar-bill/
“Money 101” W20 Campaign. 2015. Retrieved feb 12 2015. http://www.womenon20s.org/money_101