Face of U.S. Currency to Change

April 21, 2016

The U.S. Treasury Department announced yesterday that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson as the new face of the $20 bill. After much speculation and debate regarding the re-design of the $10 and $20 notes, officials have decided to keep Hamilton as the face of the $10 bill, but incorporate women suffragists on the back, as well as replace Jackson on the $20 bill with the celebrated abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Tubman is remembered for her aid in the freedom of thousands of slaves during a troubling time in American history whereas Jackson is remembered for being a slave owner and ordering Indians to give up their land and relocate. 

 

This announcement comes almost a year after the original conversation about the lack of gender diversity on U.S. currency took place, beginning with Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew. Just last June, the Treasury Department announced that they would be changing the face of the $10 bill to feature the face of a celebrated woman from U.S. history. The bill, which would be released in 2020, is to honor the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment - a woman’s right to vote - and to celebrate the women who have helped shape our nation’s history. Lew promised to fill the need for a woman’s presence on U.S. currency, stating “we can use the new note to honor our nation’s commitment to equality, fairness, and opportunity.” Lew asked Americans for their opinion and recommendations on who they would like to see on the newly designed $10 bill.

 

Less than a year later, Jacob Lew is reconsidering his decision about replacing the current face on the $10 bill, Alexander Hamilton, with the face of a woman. Supporters of Hamilton have been rallying to keep the nation’s first Secretary of Treasury on the $10 bill, causing the current Treasury Secretary to rethink his original promise. A statement is expected to be made this week, confirming the final decision. “We are going to make an exciting set of announcements soon that involve the $5, $10 and $20 bills,” said Treasury spokesman Joshua Drobnyk.

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