The new $10 bill will still feature Alexander Hamilton on its front, but on its reverse will now feature five leaders of the suffragist movement: Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul. On the $5 bill, the front will still feature President Lincoln but the reverse will depict historic events that occurred at the Lincoln Memorial and include opera singer Marian Anderson, Martin Luther King Jr. and Eleanor Roosevelt, according to the U.S. Treasury.
The front of the new $20 will bear the portrait of Harriet Tubman, whose life was dedicated to fighting for liberty. pic.twitter.com/8lAEkoD78p— Treasury Department (@USTreasury) April 20, 2016
Last June, it was announced that a woman would replace Hamilton, the first secretary of the treasury, on the $10 bill. The treasury department solicited ideas for which woman that should be by launching #TheNew10 campaign. The plan was to issue the new bills by 2020 in honor of the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. With the new plan, the design will be released by the anniversary.
The discussion about putting women on U.S. currency first gained traction thanks the Women on 20s campaign. That campaign held a poll last May asking people to vote on which woman they would want to see. Tubman received the most votes, followed by Eleanor Roosevelt. That poll received more than half a million votes. Roosevelt was favored in an August Marist poll.
Since the announcement last June, the leaders of the Women on 20s campaign have maintained that a woman should be on the $20 bill.
The change to the plan also follows the popularity of Hamilton, the Broadway musical chronicling the life of the Founding Father, which opened last August. The creator and star of the show, Lin-Manuel Miranda, tweeted in March after visiting the White House that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew thought Miranda would be satisfied with the plan.
As the news of the new plan spread Wednesday, everyone from politicians to celebrities to supporters of the original campaign to fans of the musical reacted on social media.
A woman, a leader, and a freedom fighter. I can't think of a better choice for the $20 bill than Harriet Tubman: https://t.co/YcsZC4ZrKg -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 20, 2016
I cannot think of an American hero more deserving of this honor than Harriet Tubman. https://t.co/GL64NPrOL1— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 20, 2016
Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. Well done, National Treasury. Well, well done. #tubman20— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) April 20, 2016
Who lives, who dies, who tells your story? The treasury department does and Hamilton is staying on the $10 and #WomenOn20s— Thomas John Yake (@tjyake) April 20, 2016
The decision to keep Hamilton on the $10 has not been without its critics. ABC News reports that several prominent women signed an open letter Wednesday asking that Lew consider changing the $10 bill in addition to the $20 bill, as a redesign of the $20 may take longer than the original plan.