Honoring the new face of the $20 bill

As announced on April 20, the American $20 bill will have a new face: Harriet Tubman.

Just like every other publicly-schooled American, I learned about Harriet Tubman and her work in freeing slaves during the Civil War.

I found her inspiring, and I think I once wrote a paper in the fifth grade about why I would like to meet her.

I would like to state right now: I do not identify as either liberal or feminist, and I still think this is cool.

In just the few days since the announcement, I have heard things from people like “This is because the feminists are getting their way,” or “This is just a liberal agenda.”

Whether or not these things are true, why are you getting upset?

What people may not know is that Andrew Jackson will stay on the $20 bill. In addition, the $5 bill and the $10 bill are getting new designs to include other influential women of history, according to   USA Today.

My response to these people who are getting their panties in a knot over money getting a face-lift is this again: Why do you care this much?

It is a fact that Harriet Tubman freed over 60 slaves through the Underground Railroad, which most current Americans would advocate for.

It is a fact that she freed herself from slavery and created a new life for herself, epitomizing the American dream.

“The first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war, she guided the Combahee River Raid, which liberated more than 700 slaves in South Carolina,” according to Biography.com.

Harriet Tubman helped in changing the United States of America.

Let’s talk about the other men and women who changed the United States of America and who will be honored on our currency.

Marian Anderson, who will be on the back of the $5 bill, was the first African American to perform in the New York Metropolitan Opera, according to Biography.com.

Martin Luther King Jr. will also be on the back of the $5 bill. Children all over America read his “I Have a Dream” speech while learning about his peaceful manner of protesting inequality of blacks and whites.

Susan B. Anthony will be one of many women on the back of the $10 bill, representing the women’s  suffrage movement.

She was president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and was influential in women obtaining the right to vote.

Regardless of what race or gender these people were, their impact has so drastically altered America that they should be honored in more than the textbooks of history classes.

And regardless of how citizens identify their life, by virtue of being American, we carry this legacy of standing up and changing our world for the better.

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