Andrew Jackson, it’s time for a makeover. Actually, it is time that you get replaced. At least that is what one campaign advocates. According to the New York Times:
A campaign has begun to put a woman on the $20 bill by 2020, the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the United States.
Various women have weighed in about their nominations. Peggy M. Shepard, the co-founder of WE Act for Environmental Justice (West Harlem Environmental Action for Environmental Justice) suggests honoring Rachel Carson, the author of Silent Spring, a groundbreaking book highlighting environmental dangers and the need to act.
Feminist, Gloria Steinem is pushing for Sojourner Truth while novelist, Louise Erdrich, has put forward Wilma Mankiller, the first female Cherokee Chief. This last suggestion seems particularly fitting, as Andrew Jackson, the current face on the $20, seeing Jackson’s key role in the passage of the Indian Removal Act of 1830 leading to the infamous Trail of Tears.
I posted the NY Times article over on my Facebook page and got lots of suggestions from the serious to the silly (Queen Elizabeth?!? lol) What about you? Which woman wold you like to see on the US twenty dollar bill. Benjamin Franklin has proven to us that American currency is not just for presidents.
If you want some inspiration, check out Auto Straddle’s massive list of 100+ LGBTQ Black Women.