Is it time for a currency change?

Growing movement to put woman on $20 bill

The website Women on 20’s has gained much attention from traditional and social media as they hold votes for which woman should replace Jackson.

The biographies of 15 women are available on the website. Readers are asked to vote for who should be on the $20.

Some of the women on the website include Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony.

Senior Nick Reardon says putting a woman on the $20 could help create equality between men and women.

“If a woman is on currency it will help take away the separation of man and woman, and in a way help create the idea that everyone is equal,” Reardon said. “But if a woman is on the bill, she has to be someone of amazing character and standing, and she has to have made a huge impact on American history.”

Senior Kiersten Gossage says she applauds the idea of a woman on the bill.

“For a long time there has been a double standard between man and woman, and no woman has ever been on a bill, but I believe there should be,” Gossage said. “If a woman is on a bill, the double standard will be eliminated. There have been men on bills that weren’t president, so why shouldn’t a woman be on a bill? If a woman is on the bill, it will encourage women to live up their full potential.”

History teacher Laura Kelly says she would like to see a woman on the $20 bill.

“My favorite First Lady is Eleanor Roosevelt, so she would get my vote,” she said.

Women on 20’s hopes to have a woman on the bill by 2020. That year marks the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote.

Jackson was a controversial figure, Kelly said.

“Andrew Jackson is controversial because he supported Indian Removal. He even disregarded the Supreme Court to move forward with the forced removal of Native Americans from their homes east of Mississippi. They were resettled in the West and not given all of the supplies, and resources they were promised,” Kelly said

In 1838 the Cherokee Native Americans were forced from their homelands and  faced a terribly dangerous and deadly journey.

“But now when people of the Native American culture look at that bill it’s just a painful reminder to them, so that’s why he should be removed from the bill,” senior Kenneth Thigpen said.
Thigpen, however, does not support replacing Jackson with a woman.

“I understand that Jackson wasn’t the best president because he enforced the Indian Removal Act, but I don’t feel a woman should be on the bill. I’m all for men and women being equal.” Thigpen said. “In my opinion I feel he should be replaced by another historical male. Women are making it seem like women aren’t on currency but in reality they are, like the Susan B. Anthony, and Sacajawea. Even though they aren’t on bills they are on gold coins. Change currency is just as important as bills.”

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