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New $20 Bill?

Ricardo Reyes, Staff Writer

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Last month Treasury Secretary Jack Lew addressed America’s gender inequalities and discriminatory issues that are represented on U.S currency.

He initially was urged by campaigns and President Barack Obama which kept persisting a woman to be placed on the U.S dollar bill.

In response to the urges made by supporters of a woman figure on a U.S bill, Lew made a commitment  last year to place a woman figure on the 10 dollar bill.

He modified the commitment he made last year  and decided to move Andrew Jackson from the front of the $20 bill to the back to make room for a woman.

Andrew Jackson has been remembered as the president that cleared the national debt that was started by borrowing money during The American Revolution.

He is also the founding father of a striving political group – Democratic Party – which is based on liberal concepts and ideals.

He is also remembered as the war hero from The Battle of New Orleans but, it has been announced that the war hero president will be replaced by Harriet Tubman, an African American woman and a slavery abolitionist.

Tubman was an important asset for not only the women’s suffrage movement but the increase resistance against slavery as she advocated for the Underground Railroad.

Supporters of the bill describe the change from Andrew Jackson to Harriet Tubman as a necessary change from representing the bad side of Democracy (Andrew Jackson) to the better side of Democracy (Harriet Tubman).

They also support the modification because they feel that it was necessary for women to be on the U.S bills to symbolize the spread of feminine and masculine equality.

This change of image on the $20 bill is the first change of a few others that Lew has announced to recognize iconic figures in U.S history,

Other changes that Lew announced would include changing the backs of the 5 dollar and 10 dollar bills to different historical figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Susan B. Anthony.

The historical figures are to placed on the currency to acknowledge the impact that they have had in our society as social leaders.

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