#PRESS FOR PROGRESS: THE BLACK WOMAN ON THE DOLLAR BILL
In celebration of the women’s history month, a bipartisan bill was introduced on the 15th of March, 2018 by representatives Barbara Lee and Bruce Poliquin. The bill was passed to inject the coin circulation with quarters that feature prominent women from American history. They propose for their pictures to be at the back of the quarter opposite George Washington. Babara Lee on CNN Money said
“We have so many women, first of all, who are unsung heroes, and their accomplishments haven’t been recognised”
She continued to say that “This bill, and hopefully the coins, will give us a chance to really highlight them and make sure the world really knows who they are and what they have done. I think it’s really long overdue.” The bill passed says no living women America can appear on the coins, so, all featured women must be deceased.
Barbara Lee worked hand in hand with former Treasurer Rosie Rios to draft the bill, Rosie Rios who was the treasurer during the BarackObama administration worked hard for Harriet Tubman to feature on the 10 dollar bill, her push for this made headlines in 2015. However, the former treasury secretary who is in charge of the design of the dollar bill decided to keep Alexander Hamilton as the face of the $10 but promised But he promised Harriet Tubman could one day replace Andrew Jackson on the $20, and he pledged to put a collage of female leaders on the back of the $10.
It might interest you to know who Harriet Tubman is, Harriet Tubman was born a slave, she escaped slavery and went back to free other slaves in 1849, it’s recorded that Tubman made thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved people, she was also called Moses by the other slaves because all through these thirteen trips she never misplaced a person. Tubman also worked as spy during the civil war, she was popular among slaves for her bravery.
Her name becoming one of the several faces proposed to be featured on the dollar bill, goes on to show the importance of being brave and doing the right thing if even when we feel like we are not being noticed, because someday the right people will. Even if it is centuries after!