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Vote for new $20 portrait

Want to remove a dead president from American paper money?

Here is your chance to take a step toward that goal.

An online campaign has been launched to put a woman on the $20 Federal Reserve Note by 2020 to mark the 100th anniversary of the constitutional amendment that gave women the right to vote in the United States.

Two rounds of online balloting will be conducted by Women on $20s, a nonprofit organization.

There are 15 candidates to choose from on the website for the currently active first round voting.

Biographies are given to provide identities for names you might not be familiar with.

Voters may choose from Alice Paul, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Sojourner Truth Rachel Carson, Rosa Parks, Barbara Jordan, Margaret Sanger, Patsy Mink, Clara Barton, Harriet Tubman, Frances Perkins, Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Three of the women have already been honored on U.S. coinage.

Alice Paul is on a 2012 First Spouse gold coin for Chester A. Arthur, who was a widower when he was president.

Susan B. Anthony is on the dollar coin of 1979-1981 and 1999.

Eleanor Roosevelt is on the First Spouse gold coin of 2014.

That might put them in a golden circle of easily identifiable women.

Since the ballot asks participants to vote for three, theoretically a coin collector or anyone else for that matter could choose all three.

If one of these three candidates makes it to the $20, it would put them in the same company as nearly all of the current individuals honored on U.S. paper money who also appear on both notes and coins.

Only Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill does not have a U.S. coin of some kind to his credit.

There is one anomaly in the online balloting process that is not explained.

The website says that Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller will be on the second and final ballot.

She is not on the first ballot.

What the reason might be for her jumping ahead of the rest of the candidates is not explained.

Timing of the final round of voting has not been revealed.

The website says participants in the first round can ask to be notified of the second round.

Women on $20s was founded by Barbara Ortiz Howard and Susan Ades Stone.

They polled almost 200 historians to help create the list of candidates.

To visit the website and vote, go to:


For more background information, and to see some interesting artists conceptions visit:


Buzz blogger Dave Harper is winner of the 2014 Numismatic Literary Guild Award for Best Blog and is editor of the weekly newspaper “Numismatic News.”


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2 Responses to Vote for new $20 portrait

  1. Aardvark says:

    Why not a new $200 denomination? It has been brought up from time to time that inflation has reduced the $100 to the point where a $200 bill would be useful. Granted the people suggesting it have also suggested Ronald Reagan grace it but a female would be fine.

    Frankly, I would prefer to go back to money without real people and simply figures of Liberty or Native American representations without actually using a real person.

  2. wolf7 says:

    Leave Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. He should not be replaced by anyone, male or female. He is among our greatest presidents, just half a step behind the ‘holy trinity’ of Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson. This politically correct garbage is getting out of hand !!
    Some people have far more time than they know what to do with intelligently. SMH.
    Want a woman on our paper money? The only logical, patriotic choice would be be Miss Liberty, if presented properly. And please, no more Statue of Liberty. We’ve seen enough of her already.
    -FM Fawcette
    Cleveland, Ohio

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