Abolitionist Harriet Tubman is one of the favorites to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. An activist group called “Women on 20s” suggests Tubman was the most popular choice in a recent poll, surpassing other important female figures in the history of the United States.
Women on 20s is a nonprofit organization who started a campaign and the start of 2015, hoping to finally convince the authorities to put the image of a woman on an US bill. The group argued that Andrew Jackson is the most likely candidate for replacement, an idea that proved to be pretty popular among Americans.
“Our paper bills are like pocket monuments to great figures in our history,” said Susan Ades Stone, the organization’s executive director. In order to find the right woman for the job, so to speak, the group submitted for public scrutiny a shortlist of 15 women who changed the outcome of history. The campaign gained immense popularity: more than 600,000 people voted, and in the end four finalists were chosen.
Harriet Tubman, praised for her role in the “Underground Railroad” abolitionist movement, emerged victorious. However, the other three finalists are all noteworthy women: civil rights activist Rosa Parks, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, also an unyielding human rights fighter, and, perhaps surprisingly, Wilma Mankiller, who is remembered as the first female chief of the Cherokee.
The next step Woman on 20s will have to take to see their demands fulfilled is to submit a petition to the White House. “Our work won’t be done until we’re holding a Harriet $20 bill in our hands,” Stone promised. The activists hope to see this done before the celebration of the centennial of women’s suffrage, which will take place in 2020.
So far, the presidential administration has refrained from making comments on the matter. However, president Obama has shown on certain occasions that he is willing to consider putting a woman on a US bill. “Last week, a young girl wrote to me to ask why aren’t there any women on our currency,” the president told a Kansas City audience in July, months before the campaign was even launched. In the end, Obama concluded it might be “a pretty good idea.”
In regards to the nomination of Tubman, White House spokesman Josh Earnest thinks she is a “wonderful choice.” However, it is still early to say if the president will decide to agree putting her image on the $20 bill, instead of Andrew Jackson’s. But the campaign has gained a lot of public awareness, and no matter who will be chosen, we might see the face of a woman on $20 sooner rather than later.
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