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Senator Backs Placing A Woman's Image On The $20 Bill

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen introduced the bill Tuesday. She wants to a panel of citizens to suggest a woman in history for the honor.

Last updated on April 16, 2015, at 7:07 a.m. ET

Posted on April 15, 2015, at 5:52 p.m. ET

The nonprofit Women On 20s has been campaigning to replace Andrew Jackson with a woman on the $20 bill by 2020. Now Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire, has also introduced legislation with the same goal.

The measure introduced Tuesday, which will first go to the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, calls for the Secretary of the Treasury to convene a panel of citizens. They would make recommendations to the Treasury about featuring a woman on the $20 bill.
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The measure introduced Tuesday, which will first go to the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, calls for the Secretary of the Treasury to convene a panel of citizens.

They would make recommendations to the Treasury about featuring a woman on the $20 bill.

Shaheen saw what Women On 20s was doing and thought it was a great idea, her spokesperson Ryan Nickel told BuzzFeed News.

I’ve introduced a bill to put a woman on the $20. Support the @WomenOn20s movement & vote: http://t.co/c2RHWINawj

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

So far, nearly a quarter million people have cast votes on the nonprofit's website in the final round for who they will nominate for the bill: Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, or Wilma Mankiller.

Shaheen doesn't have a particular woman in mind, Nickel said. Asking a panel to decide is a method that has precedent in the 1920s, the last time the Treasury chose new portraits for U.S. currency.
Women On 20s

Shaheen doesn't have a particular woman in mind, Nickel said. Asking a panel to decide is a method that has precedent in the 1920s, the last time the Treasury chose new portraits for U.S. currency.

Women On 20s will still accept votes as a separate initiative from Shaheen's and keep working toward their ultimate goal of sending a petition to the White House for consideration.

Changing currency does not require congressional approval, but Women On 20s is still glad to hear their mission keeps spreading. "We were very pleased to have Sen. Shaheen's support because we know the White House would probably like to know that Congress is behind this," Women On 20s executive director Susan Ades Stone told BuzzFeed News.
Women On 20s

Changing currency does not require congressional approval, but Women On 20s is still glad to hear their mission keeps spreading.

"We were very pleased to have Sen. Shaheen's support because we know the White House would probably like to know that Congress is behind this," Women On 20s executive director Susan Ades Stone told BuzzFeed News.

The campaign has also picked up steam off the Hill. Celebrities like Susan Sarandon are posing with the $20 bill to show their support. Eddie Vedder recently joined in.

"If these congressman take their constituents and say, 'I support this and you should, too,' we feel it will inform a wide swath of America," Ades Stone said. "If we can get these votes up in the millions, that would really be an incredible mandate."

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