Grassroots Campaign to Get a Woman on the $20 Bill Might Get a Meeting With the President

Harriet Tubman chosen as potential replacement for Andrew Jackson

Harriet Tubman. That's who could replace Andrew Jackson if the founders of the grassroots campaign Women on 20s get their way— and they just might.

Voting in the months-long campaign ended Sunday, and co-founders Barbara Ortiz Howard and Susan Ades Stone are now in talks to set up meetings with President Barack Obama and U.S. Treasurer Rosa Gumataotao Rios. 

"We heard back from them, and they were very grateful for us sending along our petition and information," Ortiz Howard told Adweek. "We're looking to schedule a time to talk."

Women on 20s launched its website in February, and the campaign quickly picked up steam online and even got the attention of celebrities like Susan Sarandon and Padma Lakshmi, who lent their celebrity to promote it.  

Online voters chose abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who got about 30 percent of the more than 600,000 votes cast, to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

"I thought that this campaign was something that would be embraced, but the fact that actually people have, that's blown me away," said Ortiz Howard. "It's easy to be jaded and cynical and shrink under that. We kind of accept things the way they are, but this campaign has shown we can do better, we can inspire change, we can make an impact." 

Even if they do get a meeting with the president or treasurer, there's no guarantee Women on 20s will get what they want. The secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury—currently Jack Lew—is responsible for currency design.

A treasury spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but she previously explained that "the primary purpose of redesigning currency is to stay ahead of counterfeiting" and that the treasury is "working on modernizing our money and a redesign of the $10 bill."