In 1920, Congress ratified the 19th amendment, giving American women the right to vote for the first time in history. The year 2020, exactly one hundred years later, could mark another major milestone along the journey to women’s equality.
A group called Woman on 20s is petitioning Congress and the President to feature a woman on the new $20 bill by the year 2020. The group has narrowed the selection of historical women they would like to be featured on the bill down to four: Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, or Mankiller, a Cherokee Chief who was honored with the Medal of Freedom in 1998.
Why This Is a Big Deal
Although any of these four heroic women would look fabulous on the $20 bill, this issue is about so much more than the appearance of the bill. It’s about recognizing and honoring women. The government says that women are equal, but putting a woman on the $20 bill is a way they can quite literally put their money where their mouth is.
Why This Makes Us Think
A hot topic like this tends to open our eyes to things we may have never realized before. For example, how many of us have ever really put much thought into the fact that there are no women on our currency? Most of us probably haven’t, simply because men on our currency is all we have never known. This gives us a great opportunity to ask ourselves what else we are accepting as normal simply because it’s the way things have always been.
What We Can Do
When it comes to women’s equality, it is easy to put all of the pressure on our leaders and government officials to make changes. While they do have an essential role in this issue, we must also take responsibility for what we can do as individuals. Specifically, we have the power to create a belief and culture of women’s equality in our homes. We must be intentional, but it is possible for us to instill in our daughters the belief that women are equal to men.
2 Ways to Create an “Equality Culture” at Home:
- If your daughter shows interest in a career or hobby that is traditionally dominated by males (i.e. football), don’t discourage her from pursuing it because she is a female. On the contrary, help her understand that though she may face obstacles, she can do anything she puts her mind to.
- If your daughter experiences a situation where she feels like she was treated unfairly or disregarded because she is a female, it’s important for you to validate her feelings by acknowledging the fact that it was unfair. Additionally, this type of situation is a great opportunity to teach her that even when other people treat us unfairly, we acknowledge it, but then we pick ourselves back up and keep going.