Q. Name the women who are currently featured on U.S. paper currency.
A. It was a trick question -- no women are currently featured on U.S. paper currency.
Q. What significant centennial for U.S. women occurs in 2020?
A. In 2020, U.S. women will have had the right to vote for 100 years -- the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified on August 26, 1920.
Q. If a woman were to be featured on the $20 bill in 2020, on the anniversary of women's suffrage, who should it be?
A. You have a chance to vote now - check out Women on 20s.
The following women are among the 15 candidates that you can vote on to be the face on the $20 bill. All 15 have been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. Match the woman with her accomplishment.
____ 1. Her 1963 book, The Feminine Mystique, sparked the feminist movement of the twentieth century.
____ 2. A First Lady, honored and loved around the world for her humanitarian efforts.
____ 3. A former slave, she was an ardent supporter of abolition and women's rights. Famous for her "Ain't I a Woman" speech.
____ 4. Founded the American Red Cross.
____ 5. Arrested for not giving up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama city bus, she is called the "Mother of Civil Rights."
A. Sojourner Truth
B. Clara Barton
C. Eleanor Roosevelt
D. Rosa Parks
E. Betty Friedan
When she became a traveling preacher in 1843, she changed her name to Sojourner Truth. An ardent abolitionist and women's rights advocate, Truth delivered orations around the country. Unable to read and write, she was, however, a powerful speaker. In 1851, she delivered her now famous "Ain't I a Woman" speech at a women's rights convention. Truth has been featured on a U.S. postage stamp.
The founder of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton was a teacher and worked for the federal government before she found her true calling. During the Civil War, she began bringing medical supplies, food and clothing to the troops in the vicinity of Washington, DC where she worked at the time. Understanding the need for supplies on the battlefield, she appeared at war sites with needed supplies. The "Angel of the Battlefield", founded the Red Cross in 1881 and served as its president for many years. She has been featured on two U.S. postage stamps.
Diplomat, humanitarian and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt performed admirably in each of these roles. The mother of six and the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Roosevelt carved out a role for the First Lady that was more activist and independent than previously. She held her own press conferences, toured the nation, and expressed her opinions in newspapers and on the radio. After her husband's death, she became the U.S. Delegate to the United Nations and worked in the area of human rights. Roosevelt believed that her greatest contribution was the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, issued by the U.N. Human Rights Commission, on which she served. She has been featured on several U.S. postage stamps.
Standing on the shoulders of Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks advocated for civil rights in the 1950s. The "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement" came into the public consciousness on December 1, 1955. On that day, Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a white man and was arrested. Her action led to a boycott of the city bus system that lasted for more than a year and is credited with leading to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that held racial segregation was illegal. She has been featured on a U.S. postage stamp.
Betty Friedan's 1963 book, The Feminine Mystique, is credited with launching the next wave of the feminist movement. Amid the uproar after the publication of her book, Friedan co-founded the National Organization for Women and served as the convener for the National Women's Political Caucus. She continued to be in the center of the evolution of women's rights and women's roles throughout the remainder of her life.
Learn about more she-roes and celebrate amazing women. These candidates to be women on the $20 bill are among the more than 850 women profiled in the book Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America. We are proud to stand on their shoulders and hope that in 2020 women will be on the money.
(answers: 1-E, 2-C, 3-A, 4-B, 5-D)