Harriet Tubman Takes The $20 Bill By Storm
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

Harriet Tubman Takes The $20 Bill By Storm

103 years after her death, Harriet Tubman is being honored in a huge way.

Harriet Tubman Takes The $20 Bill By Storm

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman will replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 note, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced last Wednesday.

As a civil war activist and conductor of the Underground Railroad, Tubman is one of the most influential liberators of our nation's history. Long over due is the presence of her strength and perseverance on our currency.

Last June, Treasury Department secretary Jacob Lew proposed the $10 note to feature a woman, replacing President Alexander Hamilton on the front of the bill. According to USA Today, Lew has noticed the current popularity with Hamilton in lieu of the success of the broadway play, "What we’ve been doing on the currency and what they’ve been doing on the show were really quite complementary."

However, that original plan changed slightly when Lew came across Catherine Clinton's "Harriet Tubman: The Road To Freedom" and realized that Tubman was a much more prominent character in America's history than originally thought. Tubman was born into slavery, escaped, conducted the Underground Railroad, and according to Clinton, "It took her 30 years to get her pension from the government, because she was a spy and a scout and she worked behind enemy lines."

As a result of this newfound knowledge of Tubman, the Treasury decided to feature her on the front of $20 note. Hamilton will still be integrated into the back image of the White House. Other prominent changes are taking place as well:

The $5 note will still feature President Abraham Lincoln on the front but the back will be adjusted so as to depict two defining moments in American history that took place at the Lincoln Memorial: opera singer Marian Anderson's 1939 performance and Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 "I Have A Dream" speech.

The back of the $10 note will honor the women's suffrage movement (which resulted in the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote in 1920) by featuring prominent females such as Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul, all of whom worked toward equality between the sexes in the United States.

These alterations to the $5, $10, and $20 bills signify a change in American's attitude toward women's roles (including those of color) in government. Announced just shortly after Equal Pay Day, a sector of the government is taking a massive (much needed) leap and putting men and women on the same, equal level.

Maybe this will spark an infectious advancement throughout the United States government: women are just as smart, strong, powerful and able to make change as men. Whether you believe us or not, there is no stoping us.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series


Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?


Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less

14 Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts Your S.O. Will Love

If they love you, they're not going to care if you didn't get them some expensive diamond necklace or Rolex watch; they just want you.


Let me preface this by saying I am not a bad girlfriend.

I am simply a forgetful one.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

10 Helpful Tips For College Students Taking Online Courses This Semester

Here are several ways to easily pass an online course.

Photo by Vlada Karpovich on Pexels

With spring semester starting, many college students are looking to take courses for the semester. With the pandemic still ongoing, many students are likely looking for the option to take online courses.

Online courses at one time may have seemed like a last minute option for many students, but with the pandemic, they have become more necessary. Online courses can be very different from taking an on-campus course. You may be wondering what the best way to successfully complete an online course is. So, here are 10 helpful tips for any student who is planning on taking online courses this semester!

Keep Reading... Show less

Take A Look At The Extravagant Lane Woods Jewelry Collection For Valentine's Gift Ideas

So if you are currently looking to purchase jewelry for yourself or as a romantic gift for your S.O., you should definitely look at the marvelous and ornately designed Lane Woods Jewelry collection


Just like diamonds are a girl's best friend, so are pearls, rubies, gold, emeralds, and any type of luxurious jewelry you can get your hands on! A woman is incomplete without a piece of jewelry on her and it is a gorgeous accessory required for all occasions. So if you are currently looking to purchase jewelry for yourself or as a romantic gift for your S.O., you should definitely look at the marvelous and ornately designed Lane Woods Jewelry collection.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments