According to a recent poll, Americans want to see Harriet Tubman on their $20 bills.
Harriet Tubman is the top choice for the new face of the $20 bill.
Last month, Representative Luis Gutiérrez from Illinois introduced legislation that pushed for a woman to be recognized on a new version of the $20 bill. This was a move in support of the “The Women on 20s” campaign that is pushing for a new female face to be showcased on the bills.
“Our paper bills are like pocket monuments to great figures in our history,” Women On 20s Executive Director Susan Ades Stone said to Time. “Our work won’t be done until we’re holding a Harriet $20 bill in our hands in time for the centennial of women’s suffrage in 2020.”
The campaign posted an online poll to find out who Americans would choose as the female replacement for the bill’s current featured face, Andrew Jackson. More than 600,000 votes were cast, and Harriet Tubman outvoted Eleanor Roosevelt by just 7,000 votes. Tubman was an escaped slave who helped other slaves get to freedom as a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad. She later acted as a nurse and Union spy during the Civil War.
Official petitions to permanently feature Tubman on the $20 bill have been delivered to the office of U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios. Supporters of the legislation will have to wait and see if the move brings any response from President Obama.