For the first time in 100 years, a woman will be depicted on United States paper currency. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew’s decision to place Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill was announced by an official today.
Tubman will replace the current face on the $20 bill, America’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson. Tubman was an African-American abolitionist and civil rights activist who escaped slavery and later risked her own safety to help several others escape as well.
The initial plan was to replace Alexander Hamilton, who appears on the $10 bill, but this proposal faced strong opposition. Hamilton will remain on the $10 bill, but it will be redesigned to highlight key players from the women’s suffrage movement on its reverse side. This image will include Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, and Alice Paul according to CNN Money.
The redesigned bill is scheduled for release in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the year in which women were granted the right to vote. The redesign will also highlight increased protection against counterfeiting.