Yesha Callahan

Harriet Tubman or Rosa Parks Could End Up On The $20 Bill

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 11.58.01 AMCan you imagine Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill? Well if Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has her way, Tubman could be in the running to replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

“Our paper currency is an important part of our everyday lives and reflects our values, traditions and history as Americansā€¦ It’s long overdue for that reflection to include the contributions of women. The incredible grassroots support for this idea shows that there’s strong support for a woman to be the new face of the twenty-dollar bill, “Shaheen stated.

The Group Women on $20s already had a petition going asking people to vote on one of 15 notable women and the four finalists are Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller. There will be one last round of voting before a final candidate is featured in a petition that will be sent to the White House.

President Obama has previously said he thought it was a “pretty good idea” for a woman to appear on U.S. paper currency.

  1. April 16, 2015 - Reply

    tubman deserves it. her image would enforce the idea that black history is american/world history & that while the “forefathers” were enacting change, black folks were working their tails off too. the only thing that makes me sad is that so much of our economy is based on plastic now, so a tubman $20 won’t get circulated as much as it could’ve been a couple decades ago. on the bright side though, that would make it more valuable in the long run.

    • April 16, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      YES, agree.

      I came to Clutch to cast my vote for:

      Ms. Harriet Tubman

      • April 16, 2015 - Reply

        @RaiseTheBar

        i wish they had put the link for the petition.

    • April 16, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      I agree with you 100 percent Sister.

  2. April 16, 2015 - Reply

    vote: www [dot] womenon20s [dot] org/vote2

    • April 16, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      THANKS!

      Will be spreading the word.

    • April 16, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      Thank you for showing the link Sister.

    • April 16, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      Thanx so much.

    • April 16, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      Thank you! #ivoted

  3. April 16, 2015 - Reply

    I vote for Harriet Tubman of course. However, in all fairness, I am shocked a Native American figure has not been on the American paper currency. Also, shocked that there is no national holiday dedicated to the Native American. Tsk tsk tsk America.

    • April 16, 2015 - Reply

      @K.C.

      There is a Native American on the dollar coin but I get your point.

      • April 16, 2015 - Reply

        @Pema

        Yeah, the dollar coin. I have a few of them but paper money too, you know?

      • April 16, 2015 - Reply

        @Pema

        there was a native American on the nickel a ‘few” years back. It was called the buffalo nickel.

  4. April 16, 2015 - Reply

    I have no problem with Harriet Tubman or Rosa Parks on the 20 dollar bill. Yet, I do believe that Tubman deserves her face on the 20 dollar bill. Also, we have to be reminded about who Andrew Jackson was. Andrew Jackson was a bigot, a person who violated the human liberties of Native Americans, he presided over the Panic of 1837, and he supported the immoral institution of slavery. Harriet Tubman was a hero who freed slaves, stood up for the rights of black people including black women, and she fought to defeat the Confederacy (which was defeated in 1865). Rosa Parks courageously used civil disobedience to stand up against oppression. Rosa Parks worked with black workers and others to make the Birmingham Bus Boycott a success. I have no problem with Harriet Tubman being on it, because she worked so hard and sacrificed so much for the liberty of humanity.

    • April 17, 2015 - Reply

      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      I agree wholeheartedly. I was listening to The Spin (awesome podcast BTW) and they too mentioned that not only should there be a black women figure on the $20, but all those figures on our currency today who do not represent the times of today (owned slaves) should be removed.
      I’m for Tubman personally.

      • April 17, 2015 - Reply

        @Delia

        Our heroes live on. It is very interesting that Harriet Tubman could be on the 20 dollar bill. Harriet Tubman was a leader who expressed resolute courage in the face of oppression. I do hope Tubman makes it on the $20 bill too. We certainly live in a new time and America is not made up of solely one ethnic group. It is made up of a diversity of people and the diverse contributions of humanity which improved lives (in America) ought to be acknowledged.

  5. April 16, 2015 - Reply

    What a great article.

    I love reading about both of these extraordinary women, but Harriet gets my vote.

  6. April 16, 2015 - Reply

    love both mrs. tubman and mrs. parks. both women were fearless and awesome for wwhat they stood up to and what they stood for. I read an article entitled ‘why we should keep harriet tubman and rosa parks off the $20 bill.’ something I had to think about.

  7. April 17, 2015 - Reply

    Harriett Tubman on a twenty dollar bill. Hmm…. Interesting

  8. April 17, 2015 - Reply

    I vote for Harriet. True revolutionary. Read in DETAIL about her life a couple of months ago and I was blown away at her resilience.

  9. April 17, 2015 - Reply

    I vote Harriet but something tells me Roosevelt is gonna get the win šŸ™

  10. April 20, 2015 - Reply

    A Native American woman should be on the $20 dollar bill.

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