A Woman’s Place is on the $20 Bill

There’s a push I hope you will all support, to put a woman on the $20 bill in place of Andrew Jackson.

Harriet Tubman, Wilma Mankiller, and Rosa Parks are mentioned, among others.  The choice is wrenching because there are so many women deserving of any recognition above and beyond what they might’ve had during their lifetimes.  My vote will go to Rachel Carson, the author of Silent Spring.

While it is true that the ban on DDT meant malaria gained many new victims it might not have if it had continued to be used, Carson was a pioneering scientist, and science is unfortunately much argued over these days.

We have to get on with the crucial business of tackling climate disruption.  A bill – paper money in hand – is about as real as some people get, and a scientist on the twenty would be a constant reminder to those inclined to doubt (the Young Earth crowd comes to mind) that science is as real as their dollars.

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About majaramirez

former assistant instructor in tai chi chu'an; current TreeKeeper (#467); former Master Gardener; member of American Bird Conservancy, Audubon, Fraternal Order of Police, and Mensa; career cop, now assigned as Warrant/Summons Officer at Branches 29 & 42; wife and mom.
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