Harriet Tubman’s move to the $20 has fans rejoicing

Harriet Tubman to appear on $20, says Treasury official

Harriet Tubman will be the new face of the $20 bill.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced on Wednesday that the abolitionist will replace former President Andrew Jackson as the face of the bill.

Lew also announced that Alexander Hamilton would keep his position on the front of the $10 bill and that a montage depicting leaders from the women’s suffrage movement, would be added to the back. The featured women will be Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul.

The back of the $5 bill will also be updated to honor events at the Lincoln Memorial and will show Marian Anderson, Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr.

Tubman is the first black woman to grace the front of a piece of U.S. paper currency.

Born a slave, Tubman managed to run away and eventually led hundreds of escaped slaves to freedom while serving as a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad. After the slaves were freed, Tubman was also a staunch supporter of a woman’s right to vote.

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Politicians, celebrities, and women’s groups celebrated the news.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted that Tubman was “a woman, a leader, and a freedom fighter” and that she couldn’t “think of a better choice for the $20 bill.”

Fellow candidate Bernie Sanders said he couldn’t “think of an American hero more deserving of this honor.”

U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi tweeted: “With Harriet Tubman Suffragettes on $, we give our young girls an everyday reminder of their power to transform our history. #WomenSucceed.”

Chirlane McCray, the wife of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, said “justice is served.”

Today show co-host Tamron Hall tweeted that she couldn’t “wait to say ‘It’s all about the Harriets.'”

Producer Shonda Rhimes celebrated Tubman’s placement, tweeting: “We got a $20 Freedom Mama Without the Drama of messing with the $10 Founding Father Without a Father.”

Built by Girls, a group that works to get more girls in tech, tweeted: “Saying ‘can you spot me a couple of Tubmans’ never felt so good. Excited a woman is repping on the $20 bill!”

Janet Yellen, the chair of the Federal Reserve, also applauded the news.

“Throughout American history, women have made important contributions to the free and democratic society we enjoy today,” she said.

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The group Women on 20s campaigned for more than a year to get a woman on the front of the $20 bill.

In a 2015 vote held by Women on 20s, Tubman was the public’s choice to be on the front of the bill.

On Wednesday, Women on 20s asked Lew to put the $20 bill with Tubman into circulation when the new $10 bill is released in 2020.

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