On Wednesday, April 20, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced that former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. She faced fierce competition against other influential women such as Rosa Parks and Eleanor Roosevelt, but won in popular vote. She will be the first African American and first woman in over a century to appear on US currency. The last woman to be on US currency was Martha Washington, first lady of George Washington, who appeared on the $1 silver certificate from 1886 to 1957, before their discontinuation.
Lew also proposed a redesigned $5 and $10 bills, with the backs of the bills featuring strong leaders and historical moments in our nation’s history, such as Martin Luther King Jrs “I Have a Dream” speech. The bills are being redesigned to reestablish the values of the American people and honor those who have shaped the way our society views people. As of now, the treasury expects to release the new design of these new bills in 2020, on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, the amendment who gave women the right to vote.