VIA| For months now, race baiters have been petitioning the U.S. government to put the face of Harriet Tubman on the $20.
On Wednesday, these protesters scored a major victory, but not in the way they were thinking. While the $20 will remain the same, Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew has announced that the $10 bill will no longer exclusively feature the face of Alexander Hamilton. From now on, it will features his face as well as that of a woman, who will be named at a later date.
“I’m proud to announce today that the new $10 bill will be the first bill in more than a century to feature the portrait of a woman,” Lew stated, according to Business Insider. “This historic endeavor has been years in the making.”
Lew revealed that the woman who will grace the bill will be decided upon by the end of the year. The new $10 bill will then appear in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
The only rule for who appears on the bill is that they need to be dead, but the Treasury told the New York Times that Lew wants a woman “who was a champion for our inclusive democracy.”
Though there has been a campaign to get a woman on a piece of printed U.S. currency for years now, it has ignited steam in the last year especially. In March, the Women on 20s organization asked the public to vote on which woman should replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. The choices included Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Clara Barton, and Harriet Tubman, but in the end Tubman managed to edge our Roosevelt with 34% of the vote.
Given the efforts of this organization, it’s surprising that the Treasury chose to change the $10 bill instead. Women’s groups will probably not be satisfied with having a woman share the bill with Hamilton, as they were hoping for a woman to have the currency all to herself.
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