Target: Ms. Barbara Ortiz Howard, Founder of Womenon20s.org
Goal: Praise initiative to have a woman’s face appear on new $20 bills.
An initiative to put the face of a woman on the next round of $20 bills that the government prints has been launched. For too long have the faces of only the white men who shaped U.S. history looked up out of wallets and purses, silently reinforcing the patriarchal nature of American society. The time has long since come for a woman to appear on our currency and this progressive attempt at true equality deserves our full commendation and support.
WomenOn20s is a group that is working to get the face of a woman put on a new version of the $20 bill that will hopefully be released by 2020. They intend to directly petition President Obama, who can then ask the Secretary of the Treasury, to have the portrait changed. The group currently has a poll active on their website to decide who the woman should be.
Nearly every piece of U.S. currency features a portrait of a man that shaped U.S. history. Some of these men were truly great and deserve their places on our money, but what about all of the great women that have helped to shape our nation? Women like Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and thousands of others have gone without this type recognition that is so freely given to great men.
Also, the current face on the $20 bill belongs to Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the United States. Opinions on Jackson and his presidency vary, but it is a fact that he helped ensure the passage of the Indian Removal Act. That legislation eventually lead to the Trail of Tears which killed thousands of Native Americans. There may have been a time in American history when it was appropriate to immortalize someone with these credentials on paper money, but that time is past. Please sign here to support this great organization on their quest towards total gender equality and visit their website to take part in their campaign.
Dear Ms. Howard,
I am writing to thank you for campaigning for true gender equality. For too long, white men have been featured on our money, silently looking up out of purses and wallets, reinforcing the patriarchal nature of American society. It is time for a woman to enjoy the same honor that these men do.
I fully support you in your mission to make our currency more inclusive and my only question to you is, why stop at one bill? I hope that you are able to achieve your goals and make the money we use more representative of the people who actually shaped this nation: great men and great women. Please continue to fight for gender equality in the future and best of luck!
[Your Name Here]
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