On Tuesday, June sixteenth, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty spoke on the floor of the United States House of Representatives about the importance of putting the likeness of a woman on the twenty dollar bill. Beatty has introduced legislation, H.R. 2147, titled Putting a Woman on the Twenty Act.
Congresswoman Beatty’s legislation would allow the Secretary of Treasury to create a citizens panel to recommend a woman to be placed on the twenty dollar bill. Beatty chose the twenty dollar bill because 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. The Nineteenth Amendment granted women the right to vote.
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty gave the following remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives about the Putting a Woman on the Twenty Act:
“Mr. Speaker, the American people have spoken! It is time to put a woman on the twenty dollar bill!
I join with the over 1 million Americans who voted in an online poll conducted by Women on 20s, a non-profit grassroots organization. We agree now more than ever that the twenty dollar bill needs a redesign.
Since the first general circulation of paper currency in this country, no woman has ever held the honor of being featured on paper money. Yet, throughout American history, intelligent, courageous, and innovative women have struggled to fight for our rights, to expand opportunity, and to build commerce.
To celebrate the amazing achievements of women throughout our country’s history, I introduced legislation, the “Put a Woman on the Twenty Act”, H.R. 2174, which would empower the Secretary of Treasury to put a woman on the face of the twenty dollar bill as soon as possible. And I would say to Secretary Lew that you need to look no further than the people’s choice winner, Harriet Tubman, for inspiration. In her words, "Every great dream begins with a dreamer.” In her dreams she always had a vision. More than ever, my vision is a redesign of the twenty dollar bill.”
Since the first general circulation of paper money, a woman has never held the honor of being featured on paper money. An online poll of one million Americans conducted by Women on 20s, a non-profit grassroots organization, found that Harriet Tubman is the most popular choice for an updated twenty dollar bill.
Congresswoman Beatty’s legislation is currently cosponsored by Representatives Beyer (VA-8), Brownley (CA-26), Jackson Lee (TX-18), Johnson (GA-4), Lawrence (MI-14), Richmond (LA-2), and Thompson (MS-2).