Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Priceless Money Makeover

20 bucks; everyone has one in their pocket, it's the most circulated bill these days, and it doesn't seem like it's worth a whole lot. But in four short years, it will mean so much. 

The New York Times shared the exciting news straight from Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announcing the woman who will be featured on the new $20 bill, Harriet Tubman.

"Tubman, an African-American and a spy for the Union, would bump Jackson — a white man known as much for his persecution of Native Americans as for his war heroics and advocacy for the common man — to the rear of the $20, in some reduced image. Tubman would be the first woman so honored on paper currency... " says writer Jackie Calmes. 

When the new $20 notes are released, Harriet Tubman will be the first woman in over 100 years to have been featured on paper money (the last being Martha Washington in 1886 on the front of the dollar certificate and Pocahontas in 1864 on the back of the $20.) Women are historically featured on coins such as the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin, the Sacagawea dollar coin, and the Helen Keller quarter. 

So, our new $20 is trading the image of a former slave owner for one of the most influential abolitionists our country's history. 

I say that's one heck of a makeover.