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This Senator Wants To Get A Woman's Face On The $20 Bill

04/16/2015 03:59 pm ET

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) introduced a bill Tuesday that, if passed, would direct Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to take a recommendation from citizens on a woman whose image could replace Andrew Jackson's on the $20 bill.

The bill, introduced on Equal Pay Day, is pegged to the "Women on 20s" campaign, which seeks to put a woman's face on the $20 by the year 2020. The campaign proposed several redesigns for the $20 featuring famous faces like Sojourner Truth, Clara Barton and Eleanor Roosevelt.

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“Our paper currency is an important part of our everyday lives and reflects our values, traditions and history as Americans,” Shaheen said in a statement Wednesday. “It’s long overdue for that reflection to include the contributions of women. The incredible grassroots support for this idea shows that there’s strong support for a woman to be the new face of the twenty dollar bill.”

A YouGov poll released in March 2015 found Roosevelt is the top female pick to replace Jackson on the $20. Other top picks included Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Betsy Ross and Harriet Tubman.

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