Harriet Tubman to Change the Face of U.S. Currency

Abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman will be featured on the front of a new $20 bill. Tubman now makes history as the first woman highlighted prominently on U.S. paper currency.

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said in an open letter on Wednesday the decision to put Tubman on the new $20 “was driven by thousands of responses we received from Americans young and old.”

Last year, a public campaign asked for a woman to be placed on American paper currency. Groups such as Women On 20s (W20) petitioned President Barack Obama to make this change in order for a new bill to be circulated before the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in 2020.

Related Story: Harriet Tubman To Be On The $20 Bill

“I have been particularly struck by the many comments and reactions from children for whom Harriet Tubman is not just a historical figure, but a role model for leadership and participation in our democracy,” Lew wrote.

The new $20 note will keep an image of former President Andrew Jackson on the back.

#HarrietTubman began to trend on Twitter Wednesday with posts praising Lew’s announcement.

However, some debated whether Tubman, a former slave and Union army nurse who worked to liberate African Americans from slavery, should share a spot on U.S. currency with Jackson, who was a slaveholder. He also supportedpolicies that led to the deaths of numerousNative Americans.

Meanwhile, others, such as former GOP presidential candidate turned Donald Trump supporter, Ben Carson, complained Tubman will diminish the value of the currency.

“Maybe she should be on a bill that’s worth less” Carson said Wednesday on Fox Business Network’s Cavuto Coast to Coast.

“Andrew Jackson was the last president who actually balanced the federal budget, where we had no national debt,” Carson said. “In honor of that, we kick him off of the money.”

He also said he “loves” Tubman and what she did, “But we can find another way to honor her. Maybe a $2 bill.”

Actor and activist Jeffrey Wright, who played Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 2001 film “Boycott,” tweeted a message for people opposed to Tubman on currency:

Lew and the treasury department deliberated for months on whether to replace either Founding Father and first Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill or Jackson on the $20 bill.

As a result, $10, as well as $5 notes, will also be redesigned. The new $10 bill will keep Hamilton on the front but the back will feature leaders of the women’s suffrage movement such as Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul and Lucretia Mott,Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth.

Incorporated into the $5 bill will be prominent Americans including opera singerMarian Anderson, Dr. King and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.Lew said the new bills are scheduled to be completed by 2020.

Latest News

EY Named a Leader in Managed Security Services and Professional Security Services in Asia-Pacific in Two Studies by IDC

Originally posted on EY.com EY is a leader in Asia-Pacific professional security services among 17 vendors EY has been recognized by IDC as a leader in two of its studies: IDC MarketScape: Asia/Pacific Managed Security Services 2020 Vendor Assessment, and IDC MarketScape: Asia/Pacific Professional Security Services – Advisory, Assessment, and Awareness 2020…

March 2020 ADP National Employment Report®, ADP Small Business Report® and ADP National Franchise Report® to be Released on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Originally posted on ADP.com : ADP Research Institute® will release the March findings of the ADP National Employment Report, ADP Small Business Report and ADP National Franchise Report on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 8:15 a.m. ET. Due to the important contribution that small businesses make to economic growth, ADP Research Institute issues the ADP Small Business Report independently of the ADP National Employment Report. …

Dow Commits $3 million to Aid COVID-19 Relief Efforts and Adjusts Manufacturing Processes to Produce Hand Sanitizer

Originally posted on Dow.com Dow announced a commitment of $3 million to help fund COVID-19 relief efforts with donations going towards global relief organizations, as well as non-profits in communities where Dow operates. In addition, the Company announced it has begun producing hand sanitizer at its manufacturing site in Stade, Germany, and…

EY COVID-19 Business Continuity Plan: Five Ways to Reshape

Originally posted on EY LinkedIn and  EY.com  EY Responding to COVID-19 COVID-19 is an unfolding event bringing uncertainty to every business. To help you navigate through these unprecedented times, here you’ll find the most relevant EY insights on responding to volatility and building enterprise resilience. Global companies have to be predictive…

Cox Commits up to $5M for COVID-19 Testing

Originally posted on Cox.com The James M. Cox Foundation announced its commitment to provide up to $5 million to Emory Healthcare for purchasing COVID-19 testing equipment. In response to the coronavirus crisis, Emory and Cox are taking the lead with significant action to support the community. The equipment is currently…