Let’s Put Harriet Tubman On The $20 Bill!
Remember Women on 20s, the campaign fighting to see a woman’s face replace Andrew Jackson’s on the US $20 bill? The group invited the country to cast a vote for which accomplished American woman we’d most like to see on our currency – Wilma Mankiller, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks or Eleanor Roosevelt. After receiving 118,328 votes, Harriet Tubman has been declared our winner, and it’s hard to imagine anyone more deserving of such an honor. born in 1822, Tubman was a bold former slave and abolitionist. After escaping slavery herself, she risked her life to return to the South multiple times to help other slaves escape via the Underground Railroad. She also assisted Union soldiers during the Civil War, acting as a nurse, spy and guide. After the war, she became an activist for women’s suffrage, traveling from city to city to speak about the movement. She was buried with military honors.
The 600,000 votes cast in the campaign doubled as a petition signature urging the White House to make the change. Women on 20s will now take that petition to Washington, D.C. President Obama has spoken out in favor of putting a woman on our currency in the past, but it’s unclear whether he supports putting Tubman on the twenty in the near future. In April, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen introduced a bill that would ask the Treasury Department to gather a panel of citizens to discuss put a woman’s face on currency
As Women on 20s’ Executive Director Susan Ades Stone told the Washington Post,
“Our paper bills are like pocket monuments to great figures in our history. 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.”