#PRWin for the U.S. Treasury: Harriet Tubman Will Be on the $20 Bill

A great choice.

The Treasury Department has been debating who should replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill for some time now.

Well, that debate can be set aside for a moment because Alex is staying put (for now).

In a move that had social media going berzerk, our fabled “tough as old hickory” 7th president Andrew Jackson is being replaced for arguably one of the most influential women in American history — anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman.

Tubman has many monikers for her daring and heroic exploits as conductor of the ‘Underground Railroad.’ However, thanks to a contested but sage PR move by the U.S. Treasury, the woman known as “Moses of her People” in the 1850s will become the face of the $20.

“Today, I’m excited to announce that for the first time in more than a century, the front of our currency will feature the portrait of a woman, Harriet Tubman, on the $20 note,” Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told reporters during a conference call Wednesday afternoon. “Her incredible story of courage and commitment to equality embody the ideals of democracy that our nation celebrates, and we’ll continue to value her legacy by honoring her on our currency.” (source)

From slave owner to a freed slave, America seems to have done the same about-face as well. This really was a great PR move for Lew, who alone said he was against replacing Hamilton on the $10 last year. And then, this happened.

Just when you thought everyone in the U.S. government was beyond getting a clue, the U.S. Treasury goes for double jeopardy and wins. Except one thing…

During the conference call, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing noted it was hard at work creating new looks for $20, and $10, and $5 notes for the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement — in 2020.

Ah well. We’ll take “typical government delays” for $500, Alex.