Last semester, I took a law based English class, and absolutely loved it. From helping rewriting court forms to mimicking creative genres, I developed a whole new perspective on English. I wanted to share one of my works here. I give total credit to theskimm.com for inspiring me to write this piece in their layout.
theSKIMM’s GUIDE TO
A NEW FACE ON THE $20 BILL
Gender equality is looking a bit green! After 100 years, Harriet Tubman will be our first African-American and female figure to grace the $20 bill.
WHO INITIATED THIS?
A non-profit organization called WomenOn20s in January 2014. Their goal was to persuade President Obama and the Secretary of the Treasury to promote historic change in equality.
WHY THE $20 BILL?
Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the US, is currently the face of the $20 bill. However, he is also the face of intolerance, as he was known for slave owning and Native American killing. Looking back in history, 1920 was a very notable time for women since the 19th Amendment was passed, and women were then allowed the right to vote. Due to the history of the number 20, WomenOn20s geared their efforts towards changing the $20 bill to remind Americans that the US took a step towards strengthening equality in 1920, therefore these efforts should and will continue to persevere into the upcoming years, and equality will be closer to taking on its actual meaning.
HOW DID HARRIET TUBMAN GET CHOSEN?
Over a 10-week period, the WomenOn20s compiled a list of 20 inspiring American women throughout history and gathered two rounds of voting- Harriet Tubman won. Just as a reminder, Harriet Tubman was an abolitionist who led hundreds of slaves to freedom from the Underground Railroad, so no wonder she won.
WHEN WILL THIS CHANGE BE IMPLEMENTED?
In 2020, which also happens to be the centennial of the 19th Amendment. What better way to celebrate this milestone than booting out an unfit male figure?
This is the first time in 100 years the $20 bill will not only change its feature from man to women, but from a slave trader to a slave freer. This is a critical time in history as symbols and figures of our nation are essential in further promoting equality in America. This shows how powerful women are, as 2 years after WomenOn20s was incorporated, it was able to successfully finish its campaign.