You’re right. Nobody looks at the back of the bill, and that’s not likely to change. A vignette without a woman’s portrait on the front of the bill (even if she must share with Hamilton) will be seen as a token gesture and an affront to Americans of all ages who are expecting you to reveal your choice of a singular woman based on their input. As a friend of ours put it, relegating women to the back of the bill is akin to sending them to the back of the bus. The Rosa Parks analogies are inevitable.
Echoing our earlier petitions, we urge you to undertake a SIMULTANEOUS redesign of the $20 bill to send Jackson packing. Not only would it elevate a woman to a highly visible place of respect, it would dovetail perfectly with the growing movement to recast the symbols that define us. While it is wonderful the public has a new appreciation for Hamilton, it is imperative to get back to the celebration of historic women that began a year ago. The decision you make will go down in history one way or another. Instead of doing the bare minimum you can for women, repeating the mistakes of men in power before you, change the course and do something bold. Place a woman prominently on the $10 AND the $20 in time for 2020. We assure you, no one will criticize you for doing more.
We hope you will allow us to come to Washington and give you the benefit of our experience with the public at this critical moment in your decision-making. It’s important if you really want to hear all opinions and not just those of celebrities and the powerful. We represent the real people, who want to be heard.
More than 600,000 people petitioned the Treasury in our 10-week online campaign to choose a replacement for Andrew Jackson on the $20 early last May. Another 60,000 petitioned last September to ask the Treasury to respond to our first petition, and 1,400 people wrote their Senators this spring supporting bills in Congress to change the $20.