If you reach into your pocket, your purse, your wallet, chances are you'll probably find the face of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, or maybe even (if you're Beyonce) Benjamin Franklin. Money is arguably one of the most important things in American society. So what does it mean when something this important only features white males? What does this show us about our history? If I were to read American history based off of the 7 different dollars shown to the right, I would think that the only important members of American history, worth any value, would be old white guys.
Luckily, this soon might not be the case. A new national campaign has emerged in the hopes of replacing Andrew Jackson (present on the $20 bill) with a fresh new female face. "Women on 20s" has hit the internet and gone viral. According to nbcnews.com, Candidates for the replacement include Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Patsy Mink, and Sojourner Truth. Founded by Barbara Ortiz, the movement is hoping for change by 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.
I think this is so important, because it finally gives women the recognition they deserve for their roles in helping shape America. Drawing from my own experiences, the only American women that were really talked about in middle school were Sacajawea and Betsy Ross. Although both women are important, Sacajawea is only credited to helping two (white) men explore and Betsy Ross for sewing the American flag. Two actions that are important, but not powerful or inspirational. I think adding a women into the lineage of American currency is symbolic, it shows that women are literally of value in society. It will inspire the teachings of more than just two important women. Hopefully, as the times change, more and more small everyday things will adjust until gender equality becomes a true social norm.