Friday, March 27, 2015

A Woman to replace Andrew Jackson on U. S. $20 bills?

A campaign to put a woman on an American banknote in 2020 on the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote.

The plan calls for Andrew Jackson, a president maligned for his treatment of Native Americans, to be removed from the $20 bill. A shortlist of 15 women to replace him has been drawn up, and a final nominee will be voted for by the public online, on womenon20s.org, before President Obama is asked to make the change.

The Candidates

From left to right:
ALICE PAUL (1885 - 1977), her 10-year campaign led to women's right to vote.
BETTY FRIEDAN (1921 - 2006), her book, The Feminine Mystique, is credited with sparking the second wave of American feminism.
SHIRLEY CHISHOLM (1924 - 2005), first African-American woman elected to Congress and first majority-party black candidate for U.S. President.

From left to right:
SOJOURNER TRUTH (C.1797 - 1883), born into slavery and escaped into freedom, illiterate, she traveled widely, speaking for abolition and women's rights.
RACHEL CARSON (1907 - 1964), her work and groundbreaking books in the 1950s & '60s spurred the modern American environmental movement.
ROSA PARKS (1913 - 2005), saluted by Congress as the “first lady of civil rights,” she challenged racial segregation by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man.

From left to right:
BARBARA JORDAN (1936 - 1996), first African American elected to Texas Senate after reconstruction and first black woman from deep South elected to US House of Representatives.
MARGARET SANGER (1879 - 1966), popularized term “birth control” and opened the first U.S. birth control clinic.
PATSY MINK (1927 - 2002), first woman of color elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and first Asian-American in Congress.

From left to right:
CLARA BARTON (1821 - 1912), pioneering nurse who first brought medical care to the front lines during the Civil War.
HARRIET TUBMAN (C.1822 - 1913), born a slave, she fled North to freedom, later making 19 trips back to the South as an Underground Railroad conductor, leading some 300 slaves to freedom.
FRANCES PERKINS (1880 - 1965), FDR's four-term labor secretary, she was the first woman cabinet member in US history.

From left to right:
SUSAN B. ANTHONY (1820 - 1906), a leader in both the abolition & suffrage movements.
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (1884 - 1962), redefined the role of First Lady, used her newspaper column, radio and speeches to champion civil and women's rights, often in opposition to her husband FDR’s policies.
ELIZABETH CADY STANTON (1815 - 1902), she convened the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, declaring, "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men and women are created equal," inspiring a generation of suffragists.

Cast your vote on http://www.womenon20s.org/

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