We're All Gonna Have To Wait A While To See Harriet Tubman On The $20 Bill

Bad news, guys...

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

In a brilliant move that made racists and sexists everywhere super mad, the US Treasury announced that they will be placing Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.

The abolitionist will be replacing slaveholder Andrew Jackson on the face of the bill, while Jackson's image will remain on the back. Famed feminist icons like Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul will be featured on the back of the $10 bill, while Eleanor Roosevelt and African American opera singer Marian Anderson will grace the $5 bill.

The change will mark the first time in our nation's history that a woman's image will be gracing the $20 bill (or any bill, for that matter). But how long until you can start paying for your groceries with Tubmans? Unfortunately, we're all gonna have to wait a little while before we see actual money with Tubman's face on it; years, actually.

Though Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew directed the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to accelerate the process of redesigning the $20 and $5 bills (while placing the $10 next in line), it's not uncommon for the redesign of currency to take over a decade, The New York Times reports. Lew speculated that all three redesigns could be in circulation before 2030, but the final decision on when the bills are released would be up to the Bureau.

There's also the small detail that Lew will only be in office for a few months longer, which means there's a risk that whoever succeeds him could eighty-six his proposed changes.

Lew isn't worried though.

"I don't think somebody's going to probably want to do that - to take the image of Harriet Tubman off of our money? To take the image of the suffragists off?" Lew said.

Well, let's hope not.

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