By: Emma Ziulkowski
There has been recent discussion on changing the faces of our paper currency to incorporate a woman. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew embraced this challenge and wanted to find a woman that represents America’s tireless attempts in overcoming gender inequality and slavery. Lew found the most fitting woman to represent both these qualities which would be Harriet Tubman.
Harriet Tubman is a well-known American abolitionist and humanitarian. Tubman escaped slavery during the Civil War and became one of the toughest armed scouts/spies for the United States Army. Tubman endured many missions to save slaves through a variety of safe houses. The most well-known incidents in history would be the Underground Railroad. Tubman has many honorary accomplishments. In my opinion, she represents a pinnacle of courage.
This is exactly why Lew chose Harriet Tubman to be featured on our paper currency. Originally, the chosen female would replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill. Lew decided it would be more fitting to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. After all, Hamilton was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Jackson had his accomplishments but he was also a slaveholder. Lew announced Harriet Tubman would be the new face of the $20 and would move Jackson to the backside of the bill. This wasn’t enough for Lew. In addition, Lew wants to feature other historic victories on the backside of the $5 and $10 bill. The new $10 bill will feature the 1913 march for women’s suffrage including important leaders such as Sojourner Truth. The new $5 bill will honor the civil rights movement including leaders such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr.
Here’s to another victory towards racial and gender equality!