Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Change Gone Come: Harriet Tubman to Grace $20 Bill

To be announced, Wedensday April 20, 2016, Harriet
Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on $20 Bill (not actual image )

Although, Ms. Harriet Tubman, will not be the first woman to have her image placed on United States currency, she will be the first black woman to be pictured on currency, and the first woman to be pictured on paper currency.

Updates to currency are no longer huge surprises in the U.S., due to increased needs to create additional security measures for paper currency.  However, placing a woman on paper currency, especially a black woman, in my eyes is a huge deal.  Due to security changes that were scheduled to take place on some of the U.S. bills, women activist took the opportunity to press the issue of having a woman appear on U.S. currency.

It was argued that the U.S. currency should be more reflective of its country by placing the image of a woman on its bills.

Who would have guessed that we would be so progressive and place an anti-slavery activist on one of the most commonly used bills?  In a country where women are still fighting to receive pay equal to those of their male peers, I must say that I am impressed.

We won't see these new bills until 2020, which will also be the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage.  It will take even longer for the bills to go into circulation.

***UPDATE**** the annoucement was made today that Harriet Tubman will indeed be on the new $20 bill. However, she will be sharing the bill, with now occupier, President Andrew Jackson.  She will be on front and he will be on the back.

What do you think?  Is change good or should we keep the images they way they are?  Do you think this is a step in the right direction for women's equality?  Do you think the Treasury made the right choice in picking Harriet Tubman?  What woman would you have suggested?

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