On February 11, Women You Should Know was the very first media outlet to break the news about Women On 20s, the ambitious social media campaign that aims to get a woman’s face on U.S. paper currency for the first time ever, and we pledged to continue to support them all the way to the White House. So we’re sharing their latest news, which the campaign artfully revealed yesterday with the help of talented artist Nina Dine, and their call to action for everyone to vote in the finals.
After receiving a whopping 256,000+ votes cast over the last 5 weeks in the primaries, Women On 20s just announced the four candidates who are now in the next and final round of voting. They include Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Wilma Mankiller.
It’s interesting to note that as many as half of primary voters named Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks as one of their three selections in that round. The campaign added Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller to the final round’s ballot in response to a strong public outcry from people wanting the choice of a Native American to replace Andrew Jackson.
“While only four candidates will move on to the next round,” said Susan Ades Stone, the executive director of Women On 20s, “every one of the 15 candidates came out a winner because people of all ages across the country took the time to get to know them and pay them homage with their votes.”
Even the primary candidates with the fewest votes topped the 10,000 mark, which speaks to the resounding chord this campaign has struck and the level of massive engagement it has sparked. Women On 20s Founder Barbara Ortiz Howard said the outpouring of enthusiasm from schoolchildren engaging with the campaign in classrooms and with their families around the dinner table was “better than icing on the cake.”
Barbara and Susan envision the Treasury Department issuing the new $20 bill in time for the 100th anniversary (in 2020) of the passage of the 19th Amendment ensuring women the right to vote. Their Women On 20s is starting early because once the Treasury Secretary sets the process in motion, both the design and minting process can take several years. The Treasury Secretary or the President can mandate a change with the simple stroke of a pen.
So who’s your choice for the woman who should make history (again) and replace Andrew Jackson on the U.S. $20 bill? Make your opinion count and VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!