Barack Obama, 20-Dollar Bill, and Feminism History

Eugenicist Margaret Sanger to replace Jackson on $20 bill?

Vote conducted on female candidates from Feminism History

keyTwo former black slaves who went on to achieve greatness – Tubman and Truth – were also included, perhaps to compensate for the choice of Sanger.

WASHINGTON – Barack Obama says a little girl wrote to him asking why there were no women’s faces on U.S. currency.

andrew-jackson-20-dollar-bill-600That started a movement by a group called Women on 20s, which is now conducting an Internet poll on which of 15 candidates should be the first to replace President Andrew Jackson, ironically the founder of Obama’s party.

But creating the biggest stir on the list of candidates is Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, a eugenicist who advocated aborting as many black babies as possible for the benefit of society.


About Margaret Sanger

margaretsangerIn Sanger’s book, “Pivot of Civilization,” she characterized African-Americans and immigrants as “human weeds,” “reckless breeders” and “spawning … human beings who never should have been born.”
In Birth Control Review, she explained the purpose of the American Baby Code was to provide for a better distribution of babies and to protect society against the propagation and increase of the “unfit.” She also argued that women shouldn’t have the legal right to bear a child, and no man shall have the right to become a father, without a permit.

Yet, there she is among 15 candidates on the group’s website to replace the founder of the Democratic Party by 2020 – the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote.
Legally it requires an act of Congress to order the secretary of the Treasury to make such a change, but these are different times. Obama has used executive orders frequently in lieu of getting what he wants from the legislative branch of government, and that’s just what Women on 20s is urging now.

Of the seven bills in current circulation, all feature portraits of either a former president or a Founding Father. And, yes, they are all white men.

Feminism History

Of the 15 candidates, the group is asking poll-takers to pick three. They include a bevy of other Democrats, radical feminists and progressive heroines:

Betty Friedan‎
Rosa Parks‎
Shirley Chisholm‎
Barbara Jordan‎
Rachel Carson‎
Susan B. Anthony‎
Eleanor Roosevelt‎
Patsy Mink‎
Frances Perkins‎
Sojourner Truth‎
Alice Paul‎
Elizabeth Cady Stanton‎
Margaret Sanger‎
Clara Barton‎
Harriet Tubman‎

“We at Women on 20s applaud President Obama for acknowledging that it’s time to put a woman’s face on our paper currency,” the group says on its website.

The group also let it be known it is pulling for the more radical “disrupters” on the list. Two former black slaves who went on to achieve greatness – Tubman and Truth – were also included, perhaps to compensate for the choice of Sanger.