Harriet Tubman has won more than 33% of the votes from Women on 20s petition to have a woman replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. The nonprofit organization has submitted a video and written petition to President Obama urging him to make the change.
The runners-up of the poll included former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt with 31.5%, Rosa Parks and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller, came in third and fourth place.
“Our paper bills are like pocket monuments to great figures in our history,” said Women On 20s Executive Director Susan Ades Stone. “Our work won’t be done until we’re holding a Harriet $20 bill in our hands in time for the centennial of women’s suffrage in 2020.”
T New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, also likes the idea of a woman being on the $20. Shaheen introduced the Women on the Twenty Act which would require the Treasury to “convene a panel of private citizens” to recommend a woman to be printed on the $20 Federal Reserve notes, according to the text of the bill.
“Our paper currency is an important part of our everyday lives and reflects our values, traditions and history as Americans,” Shaheen said in a statement. “It’s long overdue for that reflection to include the contributions of women.”