The US Treasury department is in the process of taking steps to resume the efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 note. When the bill was announced in 2016 by the administration of Barack Obama, Americans were eager to see a woman’s face in the paper currency.
But resigning paper currency is far different than minting coins. Under the presidency of Barack Obama, he announced in 2016 that Tubman would adorn the 20-dollar note by 2020, but the move was delayed under the Donald Trump presidency.
After years of the announcement, Turban is still not set to appear on the note in the coming years. It will take decades to make any changes in the country’s currency. The same happened in the case of the Harriet Tubman 20-dollar bill.
Why Was The Bill Delayed?
When the decision of redesigning the current arrived, it was expected to schedule its launch in 2020. But President Donald Trump moved with pure political correctness and suggested that Jackson deserves to remain on the note as he had a great history.
And he further suggested putting Tubman on the $2 bill instead. Apart from this, the redesigning of the currency faces counterfeiting issues. Currently, the deadline for printing the new version of $20 is 2023.
Why Harriet Tubman?
Harriet Tuban was an iconic abolitionist who helped hundreds of slaves to find freedom as a conductor of the underground railroad. She made her presence during the civil war as a scout, spy, guerrilla soldier, and nurse for the Union Army during the civil war.
She was considered the first African American woman to serve in the military. As an abolitionist, she made moves to abolish slavery through speeches, boycotts, literature, petitions, and many more.
She was selected to appear on the 20 dollars to constitute a monumental symbolic change. Harriet’s unparalleled grit, bravery, and intelligence contributed to many changes at the time of the civil war. Her struggle and involvement in the social issues of the US make her worthy of such honor.
This move of the country highlights the country’s history and makes it a powerful vector through which the country can bring a change in the mentality of white and male supremacy. If the $20 starts its circulation, Harriet Tubman would be the first black woman to appear on paper currency in the US.
The country is in the process of changing the portrait on the note as soon as possible. But, because of the need for sophisticated anti-counterfeiting features, the process is not simple as it sounds.
Len Olijar, the director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, said in a statement that they are attempting to fulfill the goal of redesigning U.S. currency which reflects the history and diversity of the country.
The new currency was recommended by a group called the Advanced Counterfeit Deterrence committee and was decided to include $10 and $50 to release ahead of $20.
Many lawmakers and activists are pushing the authority to schedule a release of currency with the portrait of Harrier Tubman for the next generation. But there should be active involvement to make it possible.
Even though the Trump administration delayed the price, some officials say that it’s not the matter and the delay had more to do with bureaucratic obstacles.
Many criticisms are arising about this case because history shows that it was much easier to put Jackson on the currency but, it is taking about a century to place a woman on a currency note.