The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote. Grassroots organizers Susan Ades Stone and Barbara Ortiz Howard thought it would be fitting to commemorate that milestone in a bold way.
Garnering a slew of national press, their nonprofit group Women On 20s has conducted an online campaign to put a female historic figure on the twenty-dollar bill. “Our money serves as pocket monuments,” says Susan. “There are too few monuments to women in our everyday world. This would be a great way to begin.”
Voters were asked to whittle the field down to four leading figures who are: former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, abolitionist and former slave Harriet Tubman, civil rights activist Rosa Parks–each of whom received more than 100,000 votes in the first round–and Wilma Mankiller, the first woman chief of a major Native American tribe