When 9-year-old Sofia from Massachusetts was learning about women’s suffrage in school, she had a small issue: Why weren’t there any women on dollar bills and coins? Instead of taking “I don’t know” as an answer, she went straight to the source: President Barack Obama. She wrote Obama the follow note to ask why no famous American women appeared on US currency.
The letter reads:
“Dear Mr. President,
I am writing to know why there aren’t many [women] on the dollars/coins for the United States. I think there should be more women on a dollar/coin for the United States [because] if there [were] no women there wouldn’t be men…
Also there are many [women] that could be on dollars/coins for the United [States] because of the important things [they’ve] done.
Please write back.
Um, she has some really good points there. The brilliant little lady even included a list of remarkable American women, including Rosa Parks, Emily Dickinson, Helen Keller, and Mrs. Obama.
Sofia pretty much forgot about the letter, but a few months later, she got a response on official White House letterhead and everything.
This is a belated note to thank you for writing to me with such a good idea last summer. The women you listed and drew make up an impressive group, and I must say you’re pretty impressive too.
I’ll keep working to make sure you grow up in a country where women have the same opportunities as men, and I hope you’ll stay involved in issues that matter to you. If you keep focusing on school and trying to help others whenever you can, there are no limits to what you can accomplish.
Thanks again for the great letter. I expect big things from you.
Sofia told TIME her takeaway from the experience is anyone, even a little girl, can have his or her opinion heard by politicians and leaders. In fact, since Sofia wrote to Obama, a campaign to put a woman on the $20 bill has gone viral. Guess Andrew Jackson’s turn is over.
Sofia might just have a future in the White House herself.