Last June, the U.S. Treasury Department announced it would redesign the $10 bill and replace Alexander Hamilton with a woman to-be-named as the face of the currency.
We even talked about it here on AirTalk, and asked listeners to vote on who they thought should be on the new $10 bill.
Wednesday, the Treasury Department reversed course and announced it will leave Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill and instead replace Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 bill. Jackson will remain on the $20, but shift to the back side.
The announcement comes after a long campaign by activist groups, most notably Women on 20s, who petitioned the president to have Tubman grace the face of the $20 bill. While the move has been received well overall, some say Tubman was the wrong choice.
Why the sudden change? It could have something to do with the insanely popular Broadway musical “Hamilton.” The play’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, lobbied Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to keep Hamilton on the $10, but it’s unclear whether that actually played a role in the decision.
What do you think of Harriet Tubman on the $20? Would you have chosen a different woman?
This story has been updated.