We have a winner.
The Women on 20s poll is now closed and Underground
Railroad pioneer Harriet Tubman is the top vote-getter, meaning the
organization will now petition President Obama to have her portrait
replace that of President Andrew Jackson on the $20 Federal Reserve note.
Women on 20s announced the winner on Tuesday, May 12.
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Tubman accrued 118,328 votes in the final round of voting, beating
out fellow finalists Eleanor Roosevelt (111,227 votes), Rosa Parks
(64,173 votes), and Wilma Mankiller (58,703 votes).
The finalists were picked by voters from a group of 15 women that
were included in the primary round, with Mankiller, the first female
chief of the Cherokee Nation, being automatically advanced to the finals.
Finals voting took place between April 6 and May 10 (Mother's Day)
after primary voting ran from March 1 to April 5.
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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., already introduced the Women on the Twenty Act on
April 15, which seeks to put together a citizen panel to
recommend to the secretary of the U.S. Treasury a woman whose likeness
would be featured on the $20 note in place of Jackson, a controversial
figure due to his treatment of Native Americans during his presidency
in the early 19th century.
Now we know which woman might be at the center of that effort.
Women on 20s describes Tubman:
Considered by many the “Moses” of her time, escaped slave Harriet
Tubman became one of the country’s leading abolitionists before the
Civil War. She returned to the South an estimated 19 times to rescue
her family and others from bondage as a “conductor” on what was
known as the Underground Railroad, an elaborate secret network of
safe houses leading to freedom in the North. Later, with her
intimate knowledge of the geography and transportation systems of
the South, she became a valuable asset to the Union army as a spy
and scout. Her Herculean accomplishments were attributed to
extraordinary courage, shrewdness and determination. The Quaker
Thomas Garrett said of her, “If she had been a white woman, she
would have been heralded as the greatest woman of her age.”
The nomination of Tubman also comes only a month after Rep. Yvette
Clarke, R-N.Y., introduced a bill in the House of
Representatives on April 13 titled the “Harriet ‘Moses’ Tubman
Congressional Gold Medal Act.”
The bill, H.R. 1743, would posthumously award a
congressional gold medal to Harriet Tubman, in recognition of her
contributions and lifelong commitment in the fight for freedom of
enslaved men, women, and children in the United States.
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