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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

It’s Time to Put a Woman on the Twenty

Jun 16, 2015
Press Release

It’s Time to Put a Woman on the Twenty

Rep. Beatty’s legislation would empower the Treasury Department to print currency featuring a woman

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) spoke on the House Floor today about the importance of featuring the likeness of a woman on the twenty dollar bill, currently there are no women on U.S. paper currency. On June 30, 2015, Rep. Beatty introduced the Woman on the Twenty Act, H.R. 2147. The legislation would allow the Secretary of the Treasury to create a citizens panel to recommend a woman to be placed on a twenty dollar bill. The twenty dollar bill was chosen because 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, and it is fitting to celebrate this milestone with a woman featured on U.S. paper currency.

In 1877, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing began printing all the United States paper money. Since the first general circulation of paper money, no woman has ever held the honor of being featured on paper money. An online poll of 1 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. H.R. 2147 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).

Text of Rep. Beatty’s remarks on the Floor for the U.S. House of Representatives are below.

The text of Rep. Beatty’s remarks, as prepared for delivery:

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.

Thank you and I yield back.