A Woman Fits the Bill (Finally)


Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the U.S. $20 bill. This announcement from the U.S. Treasury comes after much speculation about which woman would be printed on U.S. currency, and when.

The praise for this decision? Well, finally. As a Time.com post points out, the U.S. is merely catching up to countries that have us beat.

Supporters are likely also excited about the decision to print a woman on the popular $20 bill. Original conversations speculated whether a woman would replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill. But why put a woman on a relatively unpopular bill as compared to the $20? Which, as nonprofit advocacy group Women on 20s noted, comes out of the ATM?

Harriet Tubman is, of course, only one of a number of female leaders who was rumored to take this spot. The contenders for the green-tinted portrait in discussions online read like answers to the question, "Who is your hero?", running a historical gamut across abolitionism, civil rights, politics, and women's suffrage: Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and Wilma Mankiller. A Fortune.com poll showed that Roosevelt had nearly a third of the votes at post time mid-last year.

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