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The Next Face of the $20 Bill?

Hundreds of thousands of people have signed a petition to convince Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to change the face of the $20 bill and Harriet Tubman has emerged as the top vote-getter.

Of the half million votes cast for the woman most want to see replace Andrew Jackson on the 20, more than one-quarter million said they wanted to see the abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor Tubman's face when paying their kids' allowance or fanning out of late-night run to the ATM.

The 10-week-old "Women on 20s" campaign asks President Barack Obama to order Lew to change the current portrait on the paper bill. The petition notes that all the faces on U.S. paper currency—and all but one coin—are white and male.

That's some narrow thinking there on the treasury art department, right?

Changing the face on the bill doesn't take an act of Congress, which would indeed mean it would never happen. Instead, all it takes is an order from President Obama to the treasury head. And changing printing plates at the federal mints.

Other candidates in the primary round of voting, according to CBS News, were Alice Paul, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Sojourner Truth, Rachel Carson, Rosa Parks, Barbara Jordan, Margaret Sanger, Patsy Mink, Clara Barton, Harriet Tubman, Frances Perkins, Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Image via Women on 20s

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