- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Before the Indiana Senate adjourned last month, the mostly male chamber took action to show its support of replacing former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with a woman relevant to U.S. history.

Indiana’s Republican-dominated chamber, which is comprised of 40 men and 10 women, by unanimous voice vote on April 21 approved Senate Resolution 62 calling on U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to make the replacement, saying “designating a woman on the twenty dollar bill would serve as a long overdue change and as a symbolic initiative to promote gender equality nationally.”

The Women on 20s campaign seeks to replace Jackson with a woman by 2020, the 100th anniversary of American women gaining the right to vote, The (Munster) Times (https://bit.ly/1AvFLQ9 ) reported. The group announced earlier this month that anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman had garnered a majority of more than 609,000 votes in an online poll, beating out former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Other historical women in the running to appear on the $20 bill were civil rights activist Rosa Parks, women’s suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony, abolitionist Sojourner Truth and American Red Cross founder Clara Barton.

Women on 20s has asked President Barack Obama to bypass Congress, where similar bills recommending a woman’s portrait on the $20 bill are pending, and order secretary Lew to make the change.

The group argues that it’s odd Jackson was chosen to appear on the $20 in the first place because he strongly opposed paper currency and a national bank.

When he was a congressman, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence proposed that former President Ronald Reagan replace Jackson on the $20 bill. He also attempted to have Reagan’s portrait featured on the dime, half-dollar and $50 bill.

Susan B. Anthony, deaf-blind activist Helen Keller, guide to the Lewis and Clark expedition Sacagawea and former first lady Martha Washington are the only historical women to appear on U.S. currency.

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Information from: The Times, https://www.thetimesonline.com

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