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Harriet Tubman To Replace Andrew Jackson On $20 Bill

Posted by on Apr. 20, 2016 at 12:54 PM
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Harriet Tubman To Replace Andrew Jackson On $20 Bill

There’s been an ongoing push to get a woman on currency.

04/20/2016 12:19 pm ET | Updated 0 minutes ago
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This is the $20 bill as of May 13, 2003.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will announce Wednesday that Harriet Tubman will replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, Politico and Bloomberg reported.

Lew is also expected to announce that leaders of the movement to give women the right to vote will be on the back of the $10 bill. Alexander Hamilton will remain the face of that bill.

As the Wall Street Journal pointed out Tuesday, Lew said in a memo to President Barack Obama in 2015 that he intended to remove Hamilton from the $10, replacing him with Susan B. Anthony. Lew also noted in that memo that he wanted to suspend production of the penny.

According to The New York Times, women’s groups were worried Hamilton would remain on the front of the $10 bill thanks to the popularity of the Broadway musical about him, which won a 2016 Pulitzer Prize. Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote and stars in “Hamilton,” tweeted in March that he had spoken to Lew about the currency change.

The change to Tubman may not take place anytime soon. CNN reported Sunday the soonest the U.S. could see the new $20 would be 2030. A Treasury official did not immediately return a request for more information on when Tubman could feasibly appear on the $20 note.

There’s been an ongoing push to get a woman on currency, with a nonprofit campaign called Women on 20s leading the push to put a woman on the $20 by 2020. Tubman was the winner of a 10-week poll conducted by the group in 2015, beating out Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks and others by taking 33.6 percent of the 352,431 votes cast in the final round of the poll.

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Abolitionist Harriet Tubman will be the new face of the $20.

Lawmakers have also joined the movement, with Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) introducing a bill in April 2015 to get a woman on the $20 bill. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) introduced a bill the same month that would require Lew to take a recommendation from citizens on a woman whose image could replace Andrew Jackson’s on the $20 bill.

Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.) penned an open letter to Lew in August, saying “there is still more to be done when it comes to gender equality.” The two led a group of 64 lawmakers that asked Lew to put a woman on the $20 while keeping Hamilton on the $10.

“[I]t is a disappointing message that Alexander Hamilton, one of the most influential interpreters of the U.S. Constitution, a passionate advocate for the abolition of slavery, and the founder of the nation’s financial system, will be removed from our currency while President Andrew Jackson, a slaveholder responsible for the Trail of Tears, fierce opponent of the central banking system, and paper currency, retains his place on the $20 bill,” they wrote.

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Kwitcherbetchen
by Silver Member on Apr. 20, 2016 at 2:24 PM
Really does it matter ? Money is money I don't care whos pic is on it as long as it spends the same
VooDooB
by on Apr. 20, 2016 at 2:39 PM

Replace a president? Why?


Bookwormy
by Ruby Member on Apr. 20, 2016 at 2:46 PM
Interesting.
PamR
by Ruby Member on Apr. 20, 2016 at 3:15 PM
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Quoting VooDooB:

Replace a president? Why?


I don't think Andrew Jackson needs to be on anything.

It's time we had a woman and a person of color on our money - why not?  Isn't that more representative of the country?

At any rate, it will be 14 years before it's switched over.

couture-mommy
by "CMs Angela Rye" on Apr. 20, 2016 at 3:15 PM
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Yay!!!!
About fucking time
Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Apr. 20, 2016 at 4:00 PM
It should have been Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton or Phillis Wheatley (a better choice)
LGAll65
by on Apr. 20, 2016 at 4:13 PM
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This is good .
couture-mommy
by "CMs Angela Rye" on Apr. 20, 2016 at 4:16 PM
Then put these women in for the next currency change

Quoting Donna6503: It should have been Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton or Phillis Wheatley (a better choice)
Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Apr. 20, 2016 at 4:20 PM
They were put in for this one; but, since no one knows anything about history in this country they received no love.

Quoting couture-mommy: Then put these women in for the next currency change

Quoting Donna6503: It should have been Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton or Phillis Wheatley (a better choice)
couture-mommy
by "CMs Angela Rye" on Apr. 20, 2016 at 4:23 PM
I doubt that. I know who they were.

Luckily Harriet Tubman was chosen, although many don't know much else about her except the underground railroad.

So, let's keep nominating

Quoting Donna6503: They were put in for this one; but, since no one knows anything about history in this country they received no love.

Quoting couture-mommy: Then put these women in for the next currency change

Quoting Donna6503: It should have been Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton or Phillis Wheatley (a better choice)
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