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Famous American Women Who Deserve Their Faces On Money

Updated February 3, 2020 5.6k votes 968 voters 31.0k views24 items

List RulesWho deserves their face on a bill?

Sure, we have Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea on dollar coins, but isn't it time we get some women's faces on some bills? In 2015, the Women on 20s campaign sent a petition to the White House to push President Barack Obama to support the movement and, later, a bill was introduced to Congress to get a woman on the $20 note. In 2016, the Department of the Treasury announced that Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill starting in 2020. However, in 2019, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the design process had been delayed and Tubman would not appear on the $20 bill until at least 2028.

What other famous women should be considered for the next faces of American money? Maybe Amelia Earhart? Or perhaps Eleanor Roosevelt or Helen Keller? This list has tons of eligible ladies - from actresses to famous civil rights activists. Who do you think should be the new face of our $1? Our $5? Our $100? (Although, that would change the whole "all about the Benjamins" thing. "All about the Elizabeth Cady Stantons"?)

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  • Harriet Tubman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous American Women Who Deserve Their Faces On Money
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    Harriet Tubman (1820-1913) was born into slavery, from which she escaped. Eventually, she became a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad - a system developed by a secret group of free blacks and sympathetic whites to help enslaved people get to free northern states.

    She was also a scout and a spy during the American Civil War, helping the Union Army liberate hundreds of slaves.

     

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  • Clara Barton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous American Women Who Deserve Their Faces On Money
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    Clara Barton (1821-1912) began tending to the needy and wounded during the Civil War. She later became the founder and first president of the American Red Cross. 

     

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  • Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States. She broke the mold of a traditional first lady by being outspoken about causes close to her heart, including civil rights and women's right to work.

     

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  • Susan B. Anthony is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous American Women Who Deserve Their Faces On Money
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    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) was one of the most famous female suffragists in the country. Along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, she founded the American Equal Rights Association and, later, the American Woman Suffrage Association. She also fought on behalf anti-slavery groups.

    She's already got her face on dollar coins, but it's about time we see her on some actual bills!

     

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