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A new campaign is trying to put one of these 15 women on the $20 bill

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A new campaign wants to put a woman on the $20 bill, and now they have a list of possible candidates vetted by historians.

The list from nonprofit Women on $20s includes early women's rights activists, such as Susan B. Anthony (who was briefly on a dollar coin), Alice Paul, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; civil rights icon Rosa Parks; anti-slavery activists Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman; three members of Congress, Patsy Mink, Shirley Chisholm, and Barbara Jordan; Frances Perkins, the first woman in the US Cabinet; Red Cross founder Clara Barton; former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt; birth control activist Margaret Sanger, environmentalist Rachel Carson, and feminist Betty Friedan.

Anyone can vote (if you're willing to give the group your email address), and the group of 15 will be narrowed down to three, with a second round of voting later on. The group hopes to get 100,000 signatures to petition the White House to consider its eventual choice.

President Obama has already said putting a woman on US currency is "a pretty good idea." Vox's executive editor Matt Yglesias has explained why replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 is the best way to do it.

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