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Women on 20s, the group that is campaigning to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with a more deserving, female candidate, has announced it’s final lineup — and we love their picks! The four candidates — selected after more than 265,000 votes — are civil rights activist Rosa Parks, abolitionist Harriet Tubman, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and the first female chief of a major native American tribe, Wilma Mankiller. President Obama already put a little bit of his weight behind the idea, telling a 9-year old girl who wrote him a letter telling him there should be women on U.S. currency, that this was a “good idea.” The original long list of 100 women was narrowed down by informal discussion, a survey and outside women’s history experts, to a shortlist of 15 women. The final four were selected through online voting – with Parks, Tubman and Roosevelt each amassing more than 100,000 votes. The lesser known of the four, Wilma Mankiller, who did not make the actual list of 15 was selected “by popular demand” and “strong public sentiment that people should have the choice of a Native American to replace Andrew Jackson,” according to the organizers. There would indeed be some poetic justice in replacing Andrew Jackson (responsible for the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the ensuing Trail of Tears) with a Native American woman. You can now vote on your favorite on Women on 20s’ website.
Read the full story at The Washington Post.