Removing former President Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill has been a discussion for quite some time now. Last year, the Women On 20s Campaign expressed that America needed the face of a woman on its currency. The organization created an online poll featuring 15 iconic American women including Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt and Susan B. Anthony to find out who deserved this honor the most. Ultimately, abolitionist Harriet Tubman won the poll. She is best known for her work with the Underground Railroad that helped slaves escape captivity, and for her tireless work to help promote women's suffrage.
The campaign petitioned the federal government to have her replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. And today, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is expected to announce plans of making this happen. According to Politico, changes will also be made to the $5 bill to depict other civil rights era leaders. And it's about darn time.
People are reacting positively to this progressive move, proving that it is a great time for women in this country. Well done America!
Yesterday I voted for a woman to succeed our black president.— Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) April 20, 2016
Today we learned that #HarrietTubman will be on the $20.
I. Love. America.
Pretty great news about Harriet Tubman on the $20. But FYI liberals: she was not a moderate incrementalist pic.twitter.com/UldO5LBgzP— Matt Karp (@karpmj) April 20, 2016
Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. Well done, National Treasury. Well, well done. #tubman20— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) April 20, 2016
Harriet Tubman, a black slave, is replacing Andrew Jackson, a white slave owner, on our national currency. What a time to be alive.— Jordan (@jordansdiamonds) April 20, 2016
The progress of being featured on the currency that was once used to purchase you and your relatives. Just, go head, Harriet Tubman.— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) April 20, 2016