Despite Hamilton’s popularity, many applauded the decision to put a woman on the paper currency.Â There is public support, however, for putting a woman on the $20 bill in order to replace Andrew Jackson, particularly considering Jackson’s harsh treatment of Native Americans.
A group called WomenOn20s.org, launched a campaign last march to engage the public in the process of petitioning the Treasury and President Obama.
“We chose the $20 as a target because of Andrew Jackson. He shouldn’t have that place of honor due to his now tarnished legacy. The $20 is circulated much more widely nationally and internationally, and Â speaks to who we are and what we value,â€ says Susan Ades Stone, executive director of WomenOn20s.org.
“600,000 people participated in our 2 stage poll.Â In the first stage, 15 candidates; all of them unsung women who had contributed enormously to their society at great sacrifice, were selected. We then narrowed it down to 4 finalists and went back to the public. Harriet Tubman won and closely edged out Eleanor Roosevelt,â€ Ades Stone adds.
While we wait for the Treasury’s decision on the new faces of currency, it is clear that the willpower of people and the power of hip-hop have caught Treasury Secretary Lew’s attention.