There's A New Campaign To Feature A Woman On The $20 Bill

"A woman's place is on the money," the nonprofit Women on $20s says.

Originally posted on
Updated on

A nonprofit is campaigning for Andrew Jackson to lose his spot on the $20 bill and be replaced with a less controversial female historical figure.

U.S. money highlights the achievements of former presidents and founding fathers, which leaves no room for honoring women, aside from Susan B. Anthony on the rare dollar coin and Sacagawea on the gold dollar coin.

So Barbara Ortiz Howard founded the nonprofit Women On $20s, with the goal of putting a woman on the $20 bill by 2020, the centennial anniversary of women's suffrage.

View this video on YouTube / Via

With help from historians, writers, and even the woman behind National Women's History Month, Ortiz Howard and executive director Susan Ades Stone came up with a ballot of 15 deserving women in history.

"Our hope is that through this process we expose as many people as possible of all ages and of all political and socioeconomic persuasions to really look at women's contributions in history," Ades Stone told BuzzFeed News.

Anyone can now vote for women to replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

Associated Press

People have long argued he should lose his spot due to his critical role in the genocide of Native Americans.

"We think that we should be considering the face already on the $20 bill because it's one that's a reminder of pain," Ades Stone said.

After two rounds of voting, assuming the petition has at least 100,000 votes, Women on $20s will send their campaign to the White House for consideration.

Approving new currency for printing is "something that can be done with the stroke of the president's pen or the treasury secretary's pen," Ades Stone said. "The beauty of this is it is something that a lot of people think is long overdue that is easily accomplished."

Thanks to a reader who pointed out the gold Sacagawea dollar coin, meaning two women are featured on U.S. currency.

Julie Kliegman is a News Fellow and is based in New York.

Contact Julie Kliegman at

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.