Pro-life suffragettes do not make final cut in campaign to put woman’s face on $20 bill but neither does Margaret Sanger

By Dave Andrusko

Eleanor_Roosevelt_billWell, three pro-life suffragettes– Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul–did not make the “final four,” but neither did eugenicist and population control advocate Margaret Sanger.

In this instance we’re not talking about NCAA basketball tournament but a campaign to replace Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, with a woman on the face of the $20 bill.

USA Today’s Michael Winter reported Wednesday about the results thus far of WomenOn20s.

From 15 contenders in a “robust” five-week “primary round” that ended Sunday, voters selected Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation, WomenOn20s said. The competition began with 100 candidates.

The votes came via the Internet, according to Winter. Voting on the final ballot could be left open past April, according to Barbara Ortiz Howard, founder of WomenOn20s.

20dollarbill“The group is aiming to petition the White House to make the change by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote,” Winter reported.

The irony is impossible to miss: Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul were instrumental in passage of the 19th Amendment.

However they “did not make it out of the fierce 15, who were chosen from a list of 30 through ‘a vigorous survey process’ involving more than a dozen women’s historians and academicians,” Winter reported