Treasury Picks Tubman for $20 Bill, Hamilton to Stay on $10
EDITOR’S NOTE: While we like and admire Harriet Tubman, putting someone on our currency that is not a Founding Father or connected to our government sets a dangerous precedent. You know that in just a few short years, the floodgates will be open to put people like Nazi-trained baby killer Margaret Sanger and LGBT folk hero Harvey Milk on our money. That’s exactly where this is heading.
Abolitionist Harriet Tubman will appear on front of the $20 bill, replacing former President Andrew Jackson and becoming the first woman featured on U.S. paper currency in modern times, a Treasury official said, in a design overhaul that will leave Alexander Hamilton on the $10 note.
The decision is the latest chapter in a 10-month-old controversy that erupted after Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew tried to address gender imbalance on U.S. currency notes. He opened up the selection process to the public just as the current face on the $10 bill was enjoying a resurgence in popularity, and outrage ensued.
The move Lew is announcing Wednesday is intended as a way to thread the needle between women’s groups who have been advocating for gender diversity on U.S. currency and fans of Hamilton, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, the playwright and star of the hit Broadway musical about the nation’s first Treasury secretary. Miranda lobbied Lew to keep Hamilton on the $10 when he visited Washington last month.
To appease those who have been looking forward to a woman on the $10, Treasury will will change the back of the $10 — which now has an image of the Treasury Department — to include women suffragists, according to a person familiar with the plans. source