It’s official. Harriet Tubman will become the new face of America’s $20 bill.
According to Politico, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is set to announce his plan to replace Andrew Jackson with the image of the famous African-American abolitionist.
For months, the nonprofit campaign Women on 20s has been pushing public leaders to put a woman on the $20 by 2020. Last year, the group presented a public poll asking Americans to choose from various female historic figures to be the next representative of the $20 bill. Tubman won the poll, beating out Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller.
The group has also rallied for Alexander Hamilton to be removed from the $10 bill and replaced with a female figure, but Lew has no plans to make those changes for the foreseeable future. Unlike Jackson, who has been criticized for his efforts to remove Native Americans from their land, the public has found a new interest in Hamilton in part due to the current hit broadway show that tells the story of his life.
Although the decision has been approved by the Treasury Department, it may be years before we exchanging bills with Tubman’s likeness on them. According to CNN, these new bills may not enter circulation until 2030. Still, the move represents a huge step forward for gender equality in America.