Well it’s about time. Following a popular online campaign from earlier this year opting to remove Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill to make way for a female face, news broke that the U.S. Treasury will actually be replacing Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill instead.
The big announcement is set for midnight tonight, and will reveal which historic woman will be featured on the new bill.
The campaign originated from a site called WomenOn20s.org, which prominently displays the statement that “A woman’s place is on the money.”
Garnering thousands of supporters through online votes, petitioning and a “virtual march” on the White House (users hashtagging #DearMrPresident), the campaign aims to end a major gap in gender equality by featuring one of the many women to positively impact American history on the $20 bill.
After a public vote, the list of 15 women was narrowed down to the final four: Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks and Wilma Mankiller. Ultimately, our girl Harriet came out on top.
Part of the reason that the movement was gaining traction was that Andrew Jackson was the one being removed. According to Women on 20s, he was chosen because, ironically, he favored “hard money” over paper currency to begin with, in addition to facilitating the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which I think we can all agree was very unchill.
Despite these points, the U.S. Treasury has chosen to change the $10 bill instead. It’s unclear why Alexander Hamilton, someone much less controversial than Jackson, is the one being replaced.
What do you guys think? Will the U.S. Treasury take public opinion into account and name Harriet Tubman the new face of the 10?
Personally, I’m 100% on board. Reason 1 – this will be a huge (and long overdue) step for the gender, and possibly racial, equality movement. Reason 2 – I could save a fortune: