Harriet Tubman To Replace Andrew Jackson On $20 Bill?
Harriet Tubman might soon feature on the $20 note. In a poll conducted asking which woman should be printed on twenty-dollar bills, more than 118,000 people voted in favor of Tubman, who won over runner-up Eleanor Roosevelt by 7,000 votes.
Tubman, an escaped slave and abolitionist, worked as a conductor on the underground railway that helped other slaves move to a safer place during the 1850’s. She also served as a spy and nurse for the Union Army during the Civil War.
“Our paper bills are like pocket monuments to great figures in our history,” said Women On 20s Executive Director Susan Ades Stone.
“Our work won’t be done until we’re holding a Harriet $20 bill in our hands in time for the centennial of women’s suffrage in 2020.”
Petitions to replace the current $20 bill with Tubman’s image was moved to President Barrack Obama for approval. Hence it is only a matter of time before the paper bill will be known as ‘Tubmans.’ In the survey, Tubman overthrew former first lady and U.N. ambassador Eleanor Roosevelt, civil rights hero Rosa Parks and Wilma Mankiller, first female chief of Cherokee Nation.
“Our work won’t be done until we’re holding a Harriet $20 bill in our hands in time for the centennial of women’s suffrage in 2020,” Stone continued.
Jackson was considered an iconic figure, and the group felt she deserved to be immortalized on the $20 bill.
The “Woman on 20’s” movement got a boost when last month representative Luis Gutiérrez, a Democrat from Illinois, introduced the legislation.
Pressure has been put on President Obama to change the U.S. currency to immediate effect, but it is Treasury Secretary Jack Lew who will ultimately decide.
A Treasury spokesperson told NBC News on Tuesday, “There are a number of interesting currency ideas, but we do not have any comment on the specific campaign.”