Women on 20s: Is there global precedent for women on money?

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Women on 20s

British bank notesWomenOn20s, a nonprofit advocacy group, is gathering online votes to petition Obama to put a famous woman on the $20 bill, replacing Andrew Jackson. Obama has the authority to issue an order to the U.S. Treasury, directing it to put a new face on the $20. Should he?

This week, we’ve covered the growing movement to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with a famous American woman: how to vote online at www.womenon20s.org, why the $20 bill in the first place, what a national poll says about Americans’ preferences, and adding the late Cherokee Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller to the list.

Today, we consider what Americans’ opinions are in general—and who else around the world puts women on money.

Should Obama order a new face for the $20? About two of ten Americans (22%) don’t have an opinion or are unsure, according to a new poll by Rasmussen Reports. Just under half (45%) agree with the proposal to replace Jackson with a famous American woman. And, about a third (34%) say Old Hickory should stay on the $20.

Not to be left out of anything about money, MONEY Magazine, a publication of Time, Inc., is promoting its own online poll. You can choose from a list that includes Eleanor Roosevelt, Abigail Adams, Sally Ride, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart, Ayn Rand, and Beyoncé. (So far, Rand is the runaway favorite in this poll.)

MONEY also notes that at least 10 countries already have women on paper currency, setting a global precedent. These include Argentina, Australia, England, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Sweden, Syria, and Turkey.

And, women get dumped from currency. In 1995, Israel starting withdrawing the 10 shekel notes bearing the likeness of Golda Meir, the late Prime Minister of Israel. The Bank of Israel replaced the paper bill with a new coin. Golda Meir also appeared on the 10,000 shekel banknote, but no more.

Should Obama order the likeness of a famous woman to be printed on the $20?
If yes, whose likeness should it be?

Eleanor Roosevelt 20 dollar bill

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