Marketwatch – Supporters of the decision by the Obama White House to put the black abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill are worried that it could be reversed.
“We certainly are worried, when Donald Trump won the election, that he might try to make good on his suggestion that Harriet Tubman be put on the $2 bill instead of the $20 bill,” said Susan Ades Stone, executive director of the nonprofit organization Women on 20s. “It would be a slap in the face of women to reverse the decision in our opinion.”
Lisa Maatz, vice president for government relations at the American Association of University Women, also expressed concern. She said that Trump should consider he has a “credibility gap” with women before deciding to reverse the decision.
During the presidential campaign, Trump said he thought it was “very rough” to take Andrew Jackson off the $20 note.
“I think it’s pure political correctness,” Trump said during an April appearance on NBC’s “Today” show, suggesting that Tubman, who he allowed “is fantastic,” be placed on another denomination. “Maybe we do the $2 bill or we do another bill,” Trump suggested. (Thomas Jefferson appears on the $2 bill, which remains in circulation and production.)
Treasury officials would not comment on whether Trump would or could scuttle the Tubman plan.
The final design of the $20 bill won’t be ready until 2020, with issuance to follow. The Treasury is planning to push out newly designed $10 and $5 bills first because those bills need new security features.