The American government has finally given it’s nod to the name of the first woman who will feature on the dollar bill. African American Harriet Tubman, who was born into slavery but went on to become one of the forerunners of the abolitionist and women’s rights movements in the west will now be immortalized on the $ 20 bill of the US currency. And what’s more, in what is a clear political statement, she replaces slave owner Andrew Slave on the bill. Though the announcement of depicting women on currency was made last year, a formal announcement comes during an opportune time, with the presidential race heating up. [Feature Image Credit: csmonitor.com]
Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul would appear alongside the treasury building in $10 bills. They are expected to be introduced in the market by 202o. Alexander Hamilton’s image will be retained on this bill because of the global importance the figure gained after the overwhelming success of the theatrical Hamilton, by Linn-Manuel Miranda.
Here is how twitterati responded to the announcement:
There are other countries who have beaten the US in taking the step of including women on their currency.
Syria, Mexico, Turkey, Philippines, Argentina, New Zealand, Sweden, Australia, England, already have women on their currency. In fact, in the UK each note printed since 1960 has Queen Elizabeth on it.
Bank of Israel also made a similar announcement last year, announcing that poetess Rachel Bluwstein an author-poetess Liah Goldberg will feature on their currency notes.
Earlier this year, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement of putting iconic women on their bills, through a process a public consultation. The bills are estimated to be out by 2018.
Closer back home, India’s petition website change.org has a pending petition to have some Indian women’s presence recognized on a 100 rupee note. It has less than 500 supporters. Maybe we need to throw in support here?