Senator backs campaign to put woman on $20 bill

Senator Backs Campaign To Put Woman On $20 Bill
Senator Backs Campaign To Put Woman On $20 Bill

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen believes a woman's place is on the money.

The senator has introduced legislation that would put a female face on the $20 bill. The legislation calls for a citizens panel that will come up with possible candidates to replace Andrew Jackson, who has been on the bill since 1928.

A campaign called Women On 20s has already been advocating to replace Jackson with a historical lady by the year 2020 - 100 years after women were given the right to vote.

The campaign's founder told HuffPost Live, "Women struggled for a long time to have some basic rights so we're celebrating 100 years in 2020 and we have a $20 bill with a gentlemen on it whose legacy we might not want to continue to honor and who doesnt' really represent our values now as a country."

Women On 20s held an online vote to pick a female face and among the finalists are Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman and Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller.

Shaheen told the Associated Press her top choices also include Roosevelt and Tubman, as well as former first lady Abigail Adams and Frances Perkins.

Shaheen said in a statement, "Our paper currency is an important part of our everyday lives and reflects our values, traditions and history as Americans. It's long overdue for that reflection to include the contributions of women."

Fox News host Martha MacCallum isn't so sure about the idea.

"To me, there are presidents on our dollars, OK? And two founding fathers. I would like them to petition men or women ideas," MacCallum said. "I don't like it being a 'woman thing.'"

"There's not a specific woman that you want to see on the $20?" O'Reilly responded. To which MacCallum said no.

But others, even guys, seem to like it.

Jon Lovett tweeted, "There should definitely be a woman on the $20 bill. Also would be good to get most of the politicians off, too."

Sergio said, "Having a Woman on the $20 bill, is actually pretty cool. I would say."

Last year, President Barack Obama said in a speech in Missouri that he received a letter from a young girl suggesting a long list of women to put on currency, and he said he thought that was "a pretty good idea."