Women on 20s campaign; an update on mobile payments

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Guests: Susan Ades Stone, Kathleen Brown, Sucharita Mulpuru

Look at the bills in your wallet and you might see George Washington, Abraham Lincoln,  Alexander Hamilton and Andrew Jackson, but not a single woman appears on any of our paper currency.  Why not?  That’s exactly what two women wondered so they’ve started a campaign to change it called “Women on 20s.” They are proposing to dump Jackson from the twenty and replace him with an important woman from U.S. history. Today we’ll talk with the executive director, SUSAN ADES STONE about the campaign and with University of Pennsylvania history professor KATHLEEN BROWN about some of the woman she thinks deserve the spot.  Then, some people are doing away with paper currency all together if favor of mobile payments using their smartphones. Competition for these business is already heating up among some big players — Apple, Google, and Samsung.  We’ll get an update on e-wallets, if their catching on and what it all means for consumers from SUCHARITA MULPURU, a Vice-President at Forrester Research.

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