It’s Official Harriet Tubman Will Be The Face Of The $20 Bill

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It looks like the Department of Treasury is changing their mind and putting a woman on the $20 bill instead of the $10 bill as they announced previously.

According to Politico, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is expected to announce today that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Other civil rights leaders are also reportedly going to be rotated across the $5 bill.

The Dept. of Treasury launched a campaign asking the public to redesign the $10 bill, however, a group called Women on 20s was the first to call attention to this issue. 

“Women On 20s is one small way to join Americans in a big cultural hug and acknowledge that symbols matter – especially the pictures we put on our money,” explained Barbara Ortiz Howard, who founded the organization in January 2014. “When we have a woman on our bills, we will connect women to their value throughout history, literally validating their abilities and potential through the millions of bills passing from hand-to-hand every day.”

This makes Tubman, a former slave and famous abolitionist, the first woman to appear on US currency in 100 years.

Reaction overall seems positive, although some are conflicted about the symbolism.

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