An Illinois congressman wants to change who’s on the $20 bill. Not just by removing Andrew Jackson’s portrait. U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday to encourage Congress to put a woman on the $20 bill.
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“I believe that if there is a country that truly believes in equality, it is time to put our money where our mouths are, literally, and express that sense of justice on the most widely used currency in international transaction,” Gutierrez said. The bill would require the U.S. Treasury to put together a panel to discuss the idea. The organization behind this effort, Women on 20s, has narrowed down its recommendations to four women: Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation. Gutierrez says students at Roosevelt University in Chicago have started a campus-wide effort to support Eleanor Roosevelt for the spot. The last significant changes made to portraits on U.S. dollars was in 1928, and also involved the $20 bill, as Andrew Jackson’s picture replaced that of another former president, Grover Cleveland.