People prefer Harriet Tubman for a new $20 bill
If a grassroots campaign manages to convince President Barack Obama for removal of Andrew Jackson's portrait from circulation on US paper currency, after some time, twenty-dollar bills could be known as 'Tubmans', in support of a famous woman in US history. According to an online poll, Harriet Tubman was favored to replace Old Hickory on the $20 note.
Tubmans was an escaped slave, abolitionist and 'conductor' on the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to freedom during the 1850s.
Out of the 609,000 people surveyed for the 'Women on 20s' petition, over 118,000 supported Tubman to be put on the US currency denomination. After her, former first lady and UN ambassador Eleanor Roosevelt, civil rights hero Rosa Parks and Wilma Mankiller and the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation was supported the most.
According to Susan Ades Stone, executive director of the group Women on 20s, their work will only be completed when they'll have a Harriet $20 bill for the centennial of women's suffering in 2020.
According to the Washington Post, President Obama said, "Last week, a young girl wrote to me to ask why aren't there any women on our currency. And then she gave me a long list of possible women to put on our dollar bills and quarters and stuff - which I thought was a pretty good idea".
According to the organization, Obama has been informed regarding the poll results and they requested him to instruct Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in order to authorize the currency redesign over time to put the new bills in circulation prior to the 100th anniversary in 2020 of approval of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, which established women's right to vote nationwide.
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