Show us (on) the money: Campaign promotes a female face on U.S. currency

Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:20pm EDT
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By Lisa Anderson

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women may make most of the spending decisions in U.S. households but there is not a single female face on any of the paper dollars in their wallets, an omission advocates are campaigning to correct on the $20 bill.

The nonprofit group Women On 20s, which has been conducting an online poll on its web site for female candidates to put on currency, has whittled the field down for final voting to four leading historic figures.

They are: former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, abolitionist and former slave Harriet Tubman, civil rights activist Rosa Parks - each of whom received more than 100,000 votes in the first round - and Wilma Mankiller, the first woman chief of a major Native American tribe.

Mankiller, who led the Cherokee Nation from 1985 to 1995, technically did not make the list of 15 candidates. The advocacy group said she was included in the final ballot because of a feeling that voters should have the choice of a Native American to replace former U.S. President Andrew Jackson, whose face is on the $20 bill.

Jackson supported and signed the Indian Removal Act of 1830 which forced Native Americans off their ancestral lands.

The advocacy group said it plans to seek an endorsement of the winning candidate from the White House.

President Barack Obama last summer said he thought it was "a pretty good idea" to put more images of women on U.S. currency.

It is ultimately up to the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury to choose portraits for currency and the group hopes to get approval soon enough to have a woman on the $20 bill in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the women winning the right to vote.   Continued...