Matt Yglesias’ proposal on Wednesday that “It’s time to put a woman on the $20” was met in our newsroom with immediate enthusiasm—followed by furious debate. The problem (a problem we don’t mind having) is that there are simply too many important, accomplished, courageous American women to whittle the list down to just one who could replace Andrew Jackson. Instead, we tried our hand at putting women on all American paper currency—and still arguments broke out. The literary folks argued for Edith Wharton, the first female winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Others battled for Frances Perkins, Jane Addams, Sojurner Truth, Emily Dickinson, Anne Bradstreet, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller...the list went on and on. Finally, we agreed on the six women below (and must note that we’re not the only ones playing this parlor game), but recognize that this list is anything but comprehensive.
OK, we're not going to lie. We're trolling you a bit here. But as the potential first female president of the United States, it's hard not to wonder if having her face on the dollar bill might not be in Hillary's future...