$20 bill to be Changed


New York Times

Harriet Tubman will be featured on the $20 bill.

Makayla Stein, Reporter

     Everyone in the United States has seen that only presidents are represented on its currency. They are to represent historical and memorable events in history. However, women have never been featured unless talked about in history class. The treasury secretary, Jacob J. Lew, announced that he had spoken with President Obama to make changes to the nation’s currency.

     Lew proposed to put the faces of important women and civil rights leaders on the backs of the $5, $10 and $20 dollar bills. The change will represent a large moment in history that brings United States citizens one step closer to equality.

     The main change that was decided was to put Harriet Tubman on the back of the 20 dollar bill. Recently, Andrew Jackson, the current face of the 20 dollar bill, has historians questioning if he should be honored for persecuting Native Americans. Recently he has been investigated for his record of forcibly relocating Native Americans and supporting slavery. The controversy is still ongoing, however, Lew decided to take advantage of the situation and suggest that someone who impacted US history with no questions asked be placed on the front of American currency. Then the idea to place Harriet Tubman on the front of the 20 dollar bill and Andrew Jackson on the back was introduced. Once the idea was released to the public there was a heated argument between people for the idea and people against it.

     “This is a good solution,” said Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine.

     Harriet Tubman impacted history by participating in the civil rights movement. She escaped slavery and fled to Pennsylvania using the Underground Railroad. Once she crossed the border she went back to rescue her family and many other slaves. When the law changed and said that any runaway slaves living in the North could be captured and returned Harriet rerouted the railroad to Canada where slavery was prohibited.

     As for the five and 10 dollar bills, other women involved in the civil rights movement will be placed on the backs instead of monuments.

     The main reason Harriet Tubman is the only one being placed on the front of the 20 dollar bill is because in the comments about the change people seemed to favor her. President Obama and Lew are both confident that the new faces added to American currency will not be removed.

     “I don’t think somebody’s going to want to do that, to take the image of Harriet Tubman off of our money? To take the image of the suffragists off?” said Lew.