Our money needs a makeover -- badly.
The faces on our bills are supposed to reflect the ideas and people that our country values, but the last time they were changed was around the time of the Great Depression -- which is kind of weird if you think about it. Since then, our ideas about who we are as a culture have evolved enormously -- so shouldn't the faces on our dollars evolve as well?
A not-for-profit organization called Women On 20s is challenging all of us to think critically and carefully about who we have on our money and why, educating the public on badass historical ladies and calling for a female icon to be put on the $20 bill.
Susan Ades Stone, who helped create the organization, spoke to MTV News about the importance of a female face on our currency. "We're a really different country than we were in 1929 and our money should reflect our times," she said. "The young people of this country deserve to have an update of our currency."
So why the $20 bill in particular? Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States of America and the literal face of the $20 bill, was kind of a controversial guy. He passed the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which forced thousands of Native Americans to leave their homes and relocate across the United States. It's come to be called "The Trail of Tears" because so many Native Americans died as a result of the journey.
Andrew Jackson's embattled history, coupled with the 100-year anniversary of women's suffrage coming up in 2020, sparked the idea for Women on 20s.
The group has selected 15 fabulous ladies who have profoundly impacted America as potential faces of the $20 bill. Among the candidates are Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman. You can read about all of the candidates' accomplishments and select three of your top choices to grace the $20 bill on the Women On 20s Website.
The ladies of Women on 20s ultimately want to present one of the candidates to the President. Then -- through some kind of complicated process, I'm sure -- they hope to have an awesome lady's face on the twenty.
It's 2015: We're ready for some female representation on our dolla dolla bills, y'all.