Online campaign advocates for a woman to be featured on $20 bill

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Top Left to Bottom Right: Patsy Mink, Rosa Parks, Barbara Jordan, Frances Perkins, Eleanor Roosevelt & Margaret Sanger (Images courtesy of womenon20s.org)

The U.S. $20 bill may be getting a face-lift by the beginning of the next decade, with the bust of Andrew Jackson possibly getting replaced by that of a woman.

CCTV America’s Roee Ruttenberg filed this report from Washington.

Online campaign advocates for a woman to be featured on $20 bill

Online campaign advocates for a woman to be featured on $20 bill

CCTV America's Roee Ruttenberg filed this report from Washington.

U.S. dollar bills of all amounts feature all men, even though women make up about half of the population.

WomenOn20s.org is an online campaign where people can vote for the woman they’d like to see on the $20 bill.

Many people think all American bills feature former presidents. Of the 12 notes circulated, however, a quarter show former cabinet secretaries.

The actual quarter, the coin worth 25 cents, features America’s first president, George Washington.

The less-embraced dollar coin has featured two women: Susan B. Anthony, an advocate of women’s voting rights, and Sacagawea, a Native American who led explorers Lewis and Clark.

Those interested can vote online from the list of 15 women.


Meet the 15 candidates:

1. Alice Paul: American suffragist & women’s rights activist (1885 – 1977)

Photo: Library of Congress

[Photo: U.S. Library of Congress]

2. Betty Friedan: Author of “The Feminine Mystique” (1921 – 2006)

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[Photo: orionpozo via Flickr]

3. Shirley Chisholm: First African-American woman elected to Congress (1924 – 2005)

Photo: Roger Higgins, World Telegram staff photographer  via Library of Congress

[Photo: Roger Higgins, World Telegram staff photographer via U.S. Library of Congress]

4. Sojourner Truth: Abolitionist & women’s rights activist (1797 – 1883)

Photo: Randall Studio via National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

[Photo: Randall Studio via National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution]

5. Rachel Carson: Marine biologist & conservationist (1907 – 1964)

(L) Bob Hines and Rachel Carson (R) on the Atlantic coast (1952) [Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service]

(L) Bob Hines and Rachel Carson (R) on the Atlantic coast (1952) [Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service]

 

6. Rosa Parks: Civil rights activist (1913 – 2005)

[Photo: Library of Congress]

[Photo: U.S. Library of Congress]

 7. Barbara Jordan: First southern, African-American woman elected to U.S. House of Representatives (1936 – 1996)

[Photo: Thomas J. O'Halloran, U.S. News & World Report Magazine via U.S. Library of Congress]

[Photo: Thomas J. O’Halloran, U.S. News & World Report Magazine via U.S. Library of Congress]


8. Margaret Sanger:
Birth control activist (1879 – 1966)

[Photo: biography.com]

[Photo: biography.com]

 

9. Patsy Mink: First woman of color & first Asian-American woman elected to Congress (1927 – 2002)

[Photo: Still from "Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority"]

[Photo: Still from “Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority”]

10. Clara Barton: Founder of the American Red Cross (1821 – 1912)

[Photo: Umbricht via WikiMedia Commons]

[Photo: Umbricht via WikiMedia Commons]

11. Harriet Tubman: Abolitionist & Union spy during the American Civil War (1822 – 1913)

[Photo: U.S. Library of Congress]

[Photo: U.S. Library of Congress]

12. Frances Perkins: Longest serving U.S. Secretary of Labor & first woman elected to U.S. Cabinet  (1880 – 1965)

(R) Frances Perkins meets with Carnegie Steel Workers (1933) [Photo: FDR Library]

(R) Frances Perkins meets with Carnegie Steel Workers (1933) [Photo: FDR Library]

13. Eleanor Roosevelt: Longest serving First Lady of the United States (1884 – 1962)

(L) Frances Perkins and (R) Eleanor Roosevelt at the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Triangle Fire (1961) [Photo: The Kheel Center via Flickr]

(L) Frances Perkins and (R) Eleanor Roosevelt at the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Triangle Fire (1961) [Photo: The Kheel Center via Flickr]

14. Susan B. Anthony: Feminist, suffragist & social reformer (1820 – 1906)

[Photo: Engraved by G.E. Perine & Co., NY]

[Photo: Engraved by G.E. Perine & Co., NY]

15. Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Leader of early women’s rights movement (1815 – 1902)

[Photo: Bettman/CORBIS]

[Photo: Bettman/CORBIS]

 


Which woman would you like to see on the $20?

Having a difficult time deciding which of these influential U.S. women deserves her face on the $20? To make it a little easier for you, here’s a look at how each lady just might look on the U.S. $20 bill.

Susan B. Anthony

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Clara Baron
Barton, Clara

Rachel Carson
Carson, Rachel

Shirley Chisholm
Shirley Chisholm

Betty Friedan
Betty_Friedan

Barbara Jordan
Barbara_Jordan

Patsy Mink

Patsy_Mink

Rosa Parks
Parks, Rosa

Alice Paul
Paul, Alice

Frances Perkins

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Eleanor Roosevelt
Roosevelt, Eleanor

Margaret Sanger

Margaret_Sanger

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Stanton, Elizabeth Cady

Sojourner Truth
Truth, Sojourner

Harriet Tubman

Harriet.Tubman

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