After months of culling votes, Women On 20s announced the woman they’d like to see replace Andrew Jackson on the bill: Harriet Tubman.
Tubman was an abolitionist famous for her conductor role on the Underground Railroad. Tubman rescued approximately 70 people over 13 trips to Maryland, according to the work of Kate Clifford Larson, Ph.D. Larson is a local historian who wrote the 2003 biography of Tubman Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero.
Not only does Tubman meet Women On 20s’s criteria of an “inspiring American woman,’’ but perhaps her place on the $20 has personal significance, too. Tubman was paid $20 per month as a modified widow pension for her service to the Union during the Civil War.
In March, the group launched its initiative to petition President Barack Obama and the Secretary of the Treasury to make this change by 2020. The date commemorates the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage conveyed by the 19th amendment.
Though it inspired House and Senate bills in support of the movement, the act doesn’t need to go through Congress; the Department of the Treasury has final say over dollar bill design. Now that the winner has been chosen, Women On 20s will petition the White House to make the change.