Obama Says Putting A Woman On Money Is a "Pretty Good Idea"

About time.

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Andrew Jackson, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt—these guys have a lot more in common than their status as influential figures in American history. They're also the men whose faces appear on our currency—the key word here being men. Currency critics wrote to Obama to express their displeasure about the outdated state of American dollar bills, and Obama agreed that getting a few females faces on our money is a "pretty good idea."

While their presences hasn't been significant, women aren't completely absent from United States monetary history. There's been a few underwhelming attempts to give women a moment in the currency spotlight, but that's all it ever wound up to be: a moment. Both of Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea's dollar coins have been discontinued. Helen Keller briefly appeared on the Alabama state quarters. Once upon a time, Martha Washington was the only woman to be pictured on dollar notes. But compared to the longevity of male figure's reign over American currency, women's appearances have been sad and short-lived. With a bevy of women who achievements warrant timeless recognition, the real head-scratcher of this situation is why haven't any of the country's most revered women (think Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Rosa Parks, among many others) made an appearance on a paper note yet?

If Obama's on board to mend this serious hole in the country's monetary situation, then we can only hope that First order of business? Getting Queen Bey on a hundred dollar bill. We wouldn't dane to put her on anything less.

What other women do you think are worthy of getting their face splashed across a dollar bill? Sound off in the comments below.

Diana is a producer at ELLE.com. She previously wrote for MarieClaire.com. Diana is a Syracuse grad and a Chicago native, and therefore a pro at dealing with cold weather. She's also an Anglophile, which means she love all things British—especially Downton Abbey, London, and Will and Kate (and Prince George!)