An online effort to have a historic female figure pictured on the $20 bill is gaining national attention and getting a lot of people talking here in the Midstate.
During March, Women’s History Month, a non-profit group with a website titled “Women on 20’s” has launched a campaign and opened online voting for which woman should be the new face of the $20 bill.
There is a list of 15 women on the site. The list includes Rosa Parks, Clara Barton and Pennsylvanian Rachel Carson.
The site called this the primary round of voting and said they will eventually have a finalist. They will then take their request to have that woman on the $20 bill to the president.
The faces on the bills haven’t changed since 1929.
The organizers wrote that they want to remove Andrew Jackson because some believe he was an opponent of the central banking system and helped pass The Indian Removal Act of 1830 which ripped Native Americans from their homes.
The groups want to see the change by 2020, the women’s suffrage centennial.
Some agree with the effort.
“I got the chills. I don’t know. There is something interesting when you see a woman who was so instrumental in history on something really important for a woman. You identify and it gives you that confidence,” State Representative Patty Kim (D), Dauphin County said.
Some, however, don’t think a new take on the twenty would make sense.
“In the 21st century, our currency is rapidly shifting digital. Does it really matter whose face is on any bill,” Derek Cashman wrote on the abc27 Facebook page.
“Don’t spend a dime of our taxes on changing who’s on the currency we have,” wrote Deb Samma.
The website can be found at http://www.womenon20s.org/