We’ve talked a little about equality for women. In a step towards equality, Women On 20s is a grass roots campaign to put a woman on the face of the $20 bill by 2020, in time for 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage (right to vote). (Source) Changing the face on a paper bill doesn’t take an act of congress, just a presidential directive.
“Our Paper currency is an important part of our everyday lives and reflects our values, traditions and history as Americans. It’s long overdue for that reflection to include the contributions of women. The incredible grassroots support for this idea shows that there’s strong support for a woman to be the new face of the $20 bill.”- US Senator Jean Shaheen
Here are the four finalists. Who do you think should be on the $20 bill? Remember to think about their contributions and what they had to overcome to make a difference.
Take a look at this video that sparked this campaign. He’s talking about a 9-year-old girl! You can make a difference too!
As you are thinking about “What’s Worth Fighting For?”, what can you learn from Women On 20s and their campaign? What did they need research before going to the public with their idea? How did they get the word out? How are they updating those that are interested in their cause?
As you are thinking about the constitution, women have the right to vote because of the 19th amendment. The 14th amendment states “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” (Source) This amendment was added with former slaves in mind, does it extend toward women also? How do gender stereotypes/roles influence equal rights for women?