“Today, I’m excited to announce that for the first time in more than a century, the front of our currency will feature the portrait of a woman, Harriet Tubman, on the $20 note,” Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told reporters during a conference call Wednesday afternoon.
Last summer controversy rained as it was announced Alexander Hamilton was going to be cut from the $10 bill. Fans were outraged; especially those that had flocked to see the Broadway show, “Hamilton” that follows the life of the famous forefather. Jacob Lew, Secretary of the Treasury, couldn’t have anticipated how the popularity of one Broadway show would make his fellow Americans fall in love with Hamilton again.
Now, Hamilton is off the hook but Andrew Jackson is getting the chop. Replacing him is Harriet Tubman, a Civil War-era abolitionist.
Both Democratic presidential candidates were delighted with the choice, quickly applauding the Treasury’s decision.
“A woman, a leader, and a freedom fighter,” Hillary Clinton tweeted. “I can’t think of a better choice for the $20 bill than Harriet Tubman.”
Bernie Sanders tweeted,
“cannot think of an American hero more deserving of this honor than Harriet Tubman.”
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) tweeted,
“great news!” “Tubman on $20 is the right call,” she added. “The redesign needs to happen as soon as possible. Women have waited long enough.”
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), was also fully supportive of the plan,
“There has been a lot of talk about putting a woman’s portrait on our money, but finally it sounds like Secretary Lew is putting our money where his mouth is,” Gutiérrez said in a prepared statement. “It is crazy that women have been mostly absent from our money up until now, with only a few exceptions.”
The bills will be unveiled in 2020—the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote.
The treasury announced the plan with a tweet:
The front of the new $20 will bear the portrait of Harriet Tubman, whose life was dedicated to fighting for liberty. pic.twitter.com/8lAEkoD78p
— Treasury Department (@USTreasury) April 20, 2016
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