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Woman to be featured on new 20 dollar bill

Harriet Tubman will be on the redesigned twenty dollar bill.

Grace Ainslie, Senior Reporter

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After over 100 years, a woman will appear on American currency.

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced yesterday that Harriet Tubman, an abolitionist and a former slave, would replace former president Andrew Jackson, a slave owner, on the 20 dollar bill.

Other women, including suffragettes such as Susan B. Anthony, will be added to the back of the 10 and five dollar bill, though Alexander Hamilton and Abraham Lincoln will remain on the front of the bill.

Hamilton was considered for removal from his bill but the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical ‘Hamilton: An American Musical’ increased awareness of his importance and fans complained about the choice.

Tubman will be the third woman to be on paper currency – Martha Washington was briefly featured on the one dollar silver certificate and Pocahontas was on the 20 dollar bill for four years.

The currency design will be printed and unveiled in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which allowed women to vote.

Sophomore Starr Hooper, junior Delaney Moslander and history teacher Michael Stafford reflect on their opinions about the change.

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