After 10 weeks and over 600,000 votes, Women on 20s has announced the winner of their campaign to get a prominent American woman on the $20 bill. The votes were close, but it was announced yesterday morning that Harriet Tubman is the people's choice to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20.
That's right! #ByeByeAndrew and #HelloHarrietTubman
With the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage on the horizon, Women On 20s was born to "compel historic change by convincing President Obama that now is the time to put a woman's face on our paper currency." The non-profit, grassroots organization assembled a list of fitting and diverse female American heroes and presented that list to the people. The 15 candidates included Alice Paul, Betty Friedan, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Wilma Mankiller, Shirley Chisholm, Sojourner Truth, Rachel Carson, Barbara Jordan, Margaret Sanger, Patsy Mink, Clara Barton, Frances Perkins, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and, of course, Harriet Tubman. They hope to have the female abolitionist's face on the $20 and in circulation by 2020, the centennial anniversary of women's suffrage.
While Tubman's selection as the primary candidate is now final, nothing is official. Legislation to change the $20, presented by representative Luis Gutierrez, is working it's way through both houses of Congress. You can help Harriet Tubman replace Andrew Jackson on the 20-dollar bill by joining the virtual march on the Women in 20s website.