A six year wait

When will Harriet Tubman be on the $20 bill?


Triton student Ethan Mosteller throws away $20 bill saying “I hate this bill.” he felt “empowered” by his actions, also stating ” I hate Andrew Jackson.” -Stone Butler Photo

Should Harriet Tubman be on the $20 bill?

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It has been nearly a century since there was a new face on the $20 bill.

The seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson who is currently on the $20 bill. Up until recently, the US government has been talking about the idea of changing Jackson’s face to Harriet Tubman’s.

Harriet Tubman escaped slavery and became a famous American figure by freeing more than 70 slaves before the American Civil War. She was even a spy in the Civil War. Recently though, there have been some ongoing issues with trying change this bill. 

According to an article written by Alan Rappeport for the New York Times about Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin delaying this project six years, the reason for the delay was because there are new security designs are going to be put in place in 2020. 


“Mr. Mnuchin, testifying before Congress, said new security features under development made the 2020 design deadline set by the Obama administration impossible to meet, so he punted Tubman’s fate to a future treasury secretary,” Rappeport reported. 

The Triton Voice went around asking open minded women if they would you like to see a historical American woman on the $20 bill rather than only male presidents on every part of our currency.

Whether or not women of Triton would like to see Harriet Tubman’s face on the $20 bill had split results, with half the women saying they would like to see her face on the bill, while the other half said no or that they did not care if there was a female on any US currency. 

 “ I don’t really care if they do or don’t put her face on the $20 bill,” Sammie Mariniello said. “I feel like it shouldn’t really matter if they put famous presidents, or famous people on the currency.” 

She also went on to say that if Tubman was to be added onto the $20 bill that it would be a good way to have diversity in our country. 

“It also could be looked at as a focal point on trying to fight for equal rights and equal pay for women,” said Mariniello.

“The Treasury prints money and manufactures currency, but the Federal Reserve manages the money supply. Yet Treasury secretaries throughout our nation’s history have played crucial roles in the U.S. economy,” journalist Kimberly Amadeo for The Balance wrote in an article about the US Secretary of the Treasury.

With each passing president comes a new set of staff in the White House, which includes the Secretary of the Treasury. So If president Trump is not elected in this upcoming election, then maybe this idea of a new $20 bill will be put in place sooner.


Triton student Derek Cotter grabs $20 bill and said ” AH yes, cash currency.”-Stone Butler photo