Studies from a recent poll reveal that the general public would like to see a feminine figure on a dollar bill. Harriet Tubmann could be the leading lady of a new generation of dollar print worth women in history.
The survey was conducted by the advocacy group Women on 20s and their goal is to have a woman’s face on U.S paper currency. Executive Susan Ades Stone declared this could be a proper way to celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage that should take place in 2020.
More than 600.000 study subjects have responded enthusiastically at the prospect of seeing a woman’s face on a dollar bill.
The historical figure was elected from a list of highly respected women in history and came as the winner who could change the face and the meaning of a $20 bill. The other three finalists were Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady and human rights activist, Rosa Parks, civil rights figure and Wilma Mankiller, first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.
Hariett Tubman was the favorite among voters. She was known as an abolitionist remembered most for her job as conductor in the “underground railroad”.
The next step of Women on 20’s organization is to forward a petition with the result of votes to the White House. Maybe somewhere in the future US citizens will have a woman among the most famous figures of US paper currency.
In a following brief meeting, members of the US state institutions will discuss whether the vote of the public will be translated into reality. There are costs involved, changes to be made and decisions to be put under debate. Press secretary Josh Earnest commented upon a potential alternative decision laying in the hands of President Obama.
And about the final decision concerning an actual release of a new dollar bill, the Treasury Department will be responsible for that. The last similar change of paper money portraits was conducted by the department in the 1920’s, when Grover Cleveland was replaced by Jackson.
Celebrities also contributed with a vote for the lady who will visually define the $20 paper bill. Ellen deGeneres and Susan Sarandon voted for having an American woman printed on the paper of US currency.
In a previous public speech, president Obama showed support for the cause. Before the launch of Women on 20’s voting campaign he said a young girl him a letter willing to find out why aren’t there women on US currency. Obama found saw this as an idea with great potential and now we’re preparing to see it translated in facts.
Feminine leaders of today are in a constant process to outline the woman leaders of the past, in support of equality. Over the last ten years movements in the feminist direction have gained popularity all over the world, with great efforts to change public opinions concerning gender equality.
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