Women on 20s

11 Apr 2015 by Lauren Kisicki, No Comments »

Take a minute and  think about money. Visualize the different bills, $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, even $100. Now, think about the people who are on those bills. All are great people who have moved America forward as a country, that’s true, but there’s another similarity. They’re all men. The organization Women on 20s is trying to change that. They want to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 with an influential woman from history. The inspiration for this monumental movement came from a fourth grader.

Nine-year-old Sofia from Massachusetts wrote to President Obama about putting important women in history on U.S. currency late last spring after learning about historical figures in school. “Why is that? Why are no girls on currency?” Sofia said in an interview. “Because women are just as important as men, and I think that it’s important for the women to get recognized in this way.” Sacajawea and Susan B. Anthony are the only women currently appearing on U.S. money, but they’re on the obsolete gold and dollar coins. How often do you use a dollar coin?

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After waiting for a response from the President but hearing nothing, Sofia and her family thought he would never respond. Then, at the end of July, they heard that he mentioned her letter in a speech. “A young girl wrote to ask me why aren’t there any women on our currency, and then she gave me like a long list of possible women to put on our dollar bills and quarters and stuff — which I thought was a pretty good idea,” he said while speaking about the economy in Kansas City, Missouri. “I was so happy and I ran around the house,” Sofia said.

Then, more good news came. In February, President Obama wrote a response back to Sofia.

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“I thought, like, oh my gosh this is super awesome,” she says. Then she got an invitation to the White House for the annual Easter Egg celebration. “I was super excited,” Sofia says. Her message at to roll for Obama? “Please make this happen.”

Sofia recently joined forces with Women on 20s and became a junior ambassador. The organization is planning to send a petition to the White House and is currently trying to raise awareness for their cause. “As an organization, it’s our mission to make sure that when the new face of U.S. money is chosen, it is decided by We the People in a widely publicized online referendum from a slate of candidates who embody the values, ambitions and ethics upon which this country was founded,” states the Women on 20s’ website homepage. On the site, people can vote for what woman they want to be on the $20. Some of the women Sofia mentioned in her letter are candidates. This whole movement only goes to show what little people can do.

Check out Women on 20s website here.

Vote for who you think should be on the $20 bill here.

See what Sofia has to say about the movement here.

Read more about Sofia and Women on 20s here or here.

 

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