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Harriet Tubman should be on the $20 bill, poll says

By WITW Staff on May 13, 2015

The campaign to put a woman on the $20 bill continues chugging along. Harriet Tubman won the online poll, in which more than 600,000 people voted, as the woman who should replace Andrew Jackson on the currency. Tubman cruised to victory in the poll, winning by 33 percent of the vote and outpacing runner-up Eleanor Roosevelt by 7,000 votes. For anyone who didn’t pay attention in history class, Tubman was an escaped slave and famed abolitionist who helped other slaves get to safety as a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad. She also served as a spy and scout for the Union Army during the Civil War. The petitions urging the change to the $20 bill were delivered to the White House Council on Women and Girls and to the office of U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios. They didn’t respond to the request right away, but President Obama has expressed some cautious support for the idea in the past, when a young girl wrote him a letter asking why there were no women on American currency.

Read the full story at TIME.