The Courageous Woman Set to Grace the New $20 Dollar Bill
Three cheers for the ladies! Move on over, Andrew Jackson.
After a long public campaign and conversation regarding the possibility of depicting a historically significant woman on a note of American currency, the final world is in. Harriet Tubman, the famed abolitionist who helped rescue slaves in the late 1800s, is set to oust Andrew Jackson (who was in fact a slaveholder).
The official announcement from Treasury Secretary Jack Lew also revealed that a group of five women's suffrage leaders (Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul) will be added to the back of the $10 bill, which currently depicts Alexander Hamilton, the country's first secretary of the Treasury. The back of President Lincoln's $5 bill will be redesigned to depict historic events that occurred at the Lincoln Memorial, including Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.
We first reported that the $10 bill featuring Alexander Hamilton was up for grabs last summer, but the conversation shifted to Jackson being more worthy of rebuke, and thus replacement. Not to mention, of course, the recent fanfare associated with Hamilton thanks to the smash hit Broadway musical.
As of now, it's unclear when the new $20 and $10 bills will be rolled out, though early conversations had indicated 2020, the 100-year anniversary of the women's suffrage movement.
Read more about Harriet Tubman's courageous life. Who else would you want to see grace the $20 bill?