U.S. Announces Harriet Tubman Will Be the New Face of Their $20 Bill

It’s time to sit up and take note of the American currency – and thankfully it has absolutely nothing to do with the exchange rate on our turbulent loonie.

A woman’s face will soon grace the U.S $20 bill for the first time, and that face, as voted by The Women on 20s campaign, will be African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

The activist, who was born into slavery, made multiple journeys to the South to liberate black people even after she herself had escaped from a plantation in Philadelphia.

Some have already argued that since she spent most of her life fighting against the oppression that created America’s capitalism, she may not the best choice. But given that she’ll be the first woman to make it on the $20 banknote, perhaps we’d better pick our battles.

In an absolute reversal, Tubman’s image will replace that of slaveholder Andrew Jackson on the current $20 bill. Meanwhile Alexander Hamilton will remain on the front of the $10 bill despite U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew previously considering giving the spot to women’s right pioneer Susan B. Anthony.

The popularity of the founding father of the United States has grown in recent months after the hit Broadway musical Hamilton was released.

We told you back in January that Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that he is open to adding a famous woman (or women) to our banknotes. Which leaves up wondering – when will it be our turn? And just last month Justin Trudeau commemorated international Women’s Day by announcing that a Canadian woman will be featured on our banknotes in 2018.

There are allegedly over 18,000 submissions pending, with 120 women’s names put forward.

Who knows – maybe even a couple of our 12 picks made it on the list.

Stay tuned.