There are a lot of things I’m fine with staying the same. I’m not going to cringe if you say “mailman.” I’m not too concerned if you choose to go by “Mrs.” instead “Ms.” And until a couple weeks ago, I didn’t pay any attention to the design of US dollar bills.
Each bill features one of the presidents (with the exception of the $100 bill, which features Benjamin Franklin, and the $10,000 bill, which features Salmon P. Chase). Many of these presidents are also featured on our coins – so it’s hard to grow up in the US without being familiar with these guys. You might not know what they did, but you can sure as hell bet it was noteworthy. And you can bet they were all men.
Now, I’m not against celebrating the accomplishments of men, but I’m realizing how much recognition is displaced based on gender. As Gloria Steinham put it, “Women have always been an equal part of the past. They just haven’t been part of history.” If you’re still not sold, consider this example from Public Radio International: Finding the forgotten women who programmed the world’s first electronic computer. History may have forgotten the majority of women’s accomplishments, but it’s remembered enough for that not to be an excuse.
That’s where the “Women on $20s” campaign comes in. By pushing for a change in face on just one of those dollar bills, it’s hoping to ensure that all Americans have a daily reminder of at least one woman who has had an impact in shaping our country. That campaign is already in its final stages of selecting a candidate to be featured on the bill – and each vote will help it carry greater weight in Washington. Make sure you take the time to vote!