NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A nonprofit called “Women on 20s” is campaigning to President Obama that now is the time to put a woman’s face on U.S. currency.
Over 256,000 voters casted ballots over the last five weeks. Americans chose between 15 inspiring American women heroes before the selections were narrowed down to four.
“In the past 48 hours since the final round started, we’ve had 60,000 people cast votes already,” the group’s executive director, Susan Ades Stone told ABC News. “Though all these women and many more deserve to be honored, the winner will be a symbol of what we hope are greater things to come.”
The group argues that a valid reason for removing Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill is because he was a fierce opponent of the central banking system and favored gold and silver coin or “hard money” over paper currency.
Women on 20s hope to generate a people’s mandate for a new $20 bill, to be issued in time for the 100th anniversary in 2020 of the Constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote.
The final candidates are Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman and Cherokee Nation leader Wilma Mankiller.
Rosa Parks became known as “the mother of the freedom movement” after refusing to move to the back of the bus for a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955.
Eleanor Roosevelt was the first U.S. president’s wife to take an activist role and present her causes directly to the people through her own press conferences, syndicated columns and radio broadcasts.
Harriet Tubman returned to the South an estimated 19 times to lead slaves to freedom to the North via the Underground Railroad.
Wilma Mankiller was the first elected female chief of a Native nation in modern times and advocated for extensive community development, self-help, education and healthcare programs that revitalized the Nation of 300,000 citizens.
Visit Women on 20s to cast your ballot here.