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Sec. Yellen Ready to Talk:

Harriet on the $20!


Harriet_Tubman.jpgGiven the overwhelming support we received in our historic 2015 poll, the continued public support, and understanding more about her since then, we remain passionately committed to advocating for Harriet Tubman on the $20. In fact, because of this 6 year journey, we can see even more reasons why the choice our voters made, was the right choice and hope that you stay the course with us until the mission is complete.

We know the President Biden's administration is listening. 

Will you help change the face of money?

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More Ways to Get Involved:
Attend a Currency Conversation | Why Harriet
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Currency Conversations

Join experts in finance and culture in our upcoming Facebook Lives!

Representation and accessibility on our United States Currency

Saturday, February 27

Facebook Live: Join the Event

Featuring: Jeff Lovitky and Women on 20s Founder, Barbara Ortiz Howard

Jeff Lovitky works primarily in the area of health law and government procurement law. He also works in the area of disability rights. In 2002, he filed suit on behalf of the American Council of the Blind (ACB), alleging that the design of paper currency violated the rights of the visually impaired.This suit culminated in an injunction against the U.S. government, requiring that the next redesign of currency be made accessible to the blind and visually impaired.



For the Love of Money

Tuesday, February 16

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Featuring: Dr. Harcourt Fuller and Women on 20s Founder, Barbara Ortiz Howard

Dr. Harcourt Fuller is a Fulbright Global Scholar and creator of the Black Money Exhibit, a multi-media, traveling museum exhibit featuring money trees, books, clothing, and music. The exhibit’s hundreds of banknotes, depict Black, African, and African Diaspora history and cultures, and talks about what money tells us about ourselves and the significance of those stories.

Barbara Ortiz Howard is a dynamo who hatched this ambitious campaign. Most days start out for Barbara on a scaffold, inspecting building facades, balconies and roofs or overseeing operations for the exterior restoration company she started almost 30 years ago in the New York City area. Undeterred by the challenges of being a woman executive in a male-dominated field, Barbara enjoys her mission of taking care of people and their buildings. With the Women On 20s campaign, she aims, again, to literally raise the profile of a woman in a male-dominated field.


Why Harriet:

How America Elected Harriet Tubman as the New Face of the $20

harriettmiddle.jpgOur grassroots mission to get a “noteworthy” woman onto our $20 began in 2015. We thought that the history portrayed on our banknotes by only old white men was incomplete and that women needed to be represented on our currency to tell our full history. We asked the public who they wanted to see on our $20 bill and in 10 weeks, we had over 600,000 voters making hard choices of who would fill that one vacancy on the $20. Tubman succeeded in every round of voting.

Our Women On 20s campaign also sought to honor women on the $20 by 2020 to recognize the centennial anniversary of the 19th amendment, theoretically giving women the right to vote. Few people today know the suffering of the suffragists which included beatings, imprisonment, and public humiliation. And it felt like such a recent development in the history of the country that women were considered worthy enough to have a vote and a say in government we wanted to call attention to this anniversary.

Thank you for our democracy, Harriet Tubman.

Because W20 is a grassroots movement, we look at our physical money a little differently now.  What thoughts did people have seeing the faces depicted on our currency before we started talking about changing the faces?  Many people never thought too much about it, but rather have been simply indoctrinated to believe that these white men did exemplary things for this country and were therefore given this position in the money hall of fame. The overriding message has been, white men built our country and therefore our country’s history is centered on them. Another more honest history lesson we now will have centers the people who built our country with their toil, like Harriet Tubman.

"By embracing the image of Tubman on the $20 bill we recognize her, and the formerly enslaved Black people whose labor helped make America truly wealthy, as architects of our flawed democratic experiment." - Dr. Peniel Joseph

While Tubman was a suffragist, we all know her for so much more. She died in 1910, before the passage of the amendment, but had she lived, we realize that she was likely to be denied that right as most Black women were until the voting rights act of 1965. When we think of the suffrage movement and of Tubman on the $20, we are reminded of how women of color were essential in making those laws. And we are also reminded that voting rights are fundamental.

 


Our Currency Change Platform

In 2021, our goal is to get representation and accessibility on our united states currency, first by confirming Harriet Tubman as the new face of the $20 bill, concurrent with a detailed timetable resolving to get those bills in our pockets, and to get other diverse banknotes with accessibility features out within this administration's tenure. The time is now.

We know the President Biden's administration is listening. 

Will you help change the face of money?

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Reading + Watch List

This movement began 6 years ago. Learn about the journey, America's engagement and how communities and leaders feel today about changing the faces of our currency.

Timeline
Coin Week: Harriet Tubman $20 Bill Back on Track Under Biden Administration
NJ.com, Opinion: White mansplaining, not tech issues, keeps Tubman off the $20
ThoughtCo: Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

Harriet Tubman

CNN, Opinion: Harriet Tubman on $20 bill symbolizes a new era - CNN- Peniel Joseph

Joe Madison The Black Eagle | Listen on SiriusXM: Joe Biden on Honoring Harriet Tubman 

NJ.com, Opinion - White mansplaining, not tech issues, keeps Tubman off the $20

Univision, Opinion - How Dreams Come True

 

Andrew Jackson

The Examiner: Will voters remove Andrew Jackson statues?

The Daily Texan: Sharing faces on bills invalidates attempted progress

Women's Equality



Cosmopolitan: The Change to the $20 Bill Is Both Thrilling and Disappointing


Accessibility


Letter to Secretary Yellen: Support for Tubman on $20 and inclusion of accessibility feature

The New York Times: Blind Win Court Ruling on U.S. Currency

 

No Thank You to Tubman $20

Washington Post: Keep Harriet Tubman – and all women – off the $20 bill 

Britteny Cooper (Time): Putting Harriet Tubman's Face on the $20 Bill Isn't Progress

 

$10 Bill Changes

Charlotte Observer - We are about to make a mistake on the $10 bill 

The Daily Pennsylvanian - Penn grad Alice Paul joins suffragists on the back of redesigned $10 bill

USA Today - 19th Amendment: These 20 Black women fought for voting rights

Battle Creek Enquirer - Will Sojourner Truth and other women still be on the $10 bill?

The Back of The Bill Is Like The Back of the Bus

Tween Tribune - Women get plan on paper money 

NY Times - A Woman's Shot at the $20 

Ms. Magazine - $20: George Floyd, Harriet Tubman and the Value of Black Lives

Suffrage

Because of Them We Can - Ida B Wells and Fellow Black Suffragists Are Recognized on the 100th Year Anniversary of Women's Suffrage

 

Pro & Con Discussion

Democracy Now - Honor or Insult 

KPFA - Rethinking Tubman and Jackson