Our money is getting a makeover.
The Treasury Department announced recently that $5, $10, and $20 bills are becoming flush with lady folk and freedom fighters of all stripes. These changes represent what the New York Times called “the most sweeping and historically symbolic makeover of American currency in a century”.
There are a lot of great people in this announcement, but we especially love that former president and slave owner Andrew Jackson is getting swapped out for former slave and abolitionist, Harriet Tubman.
Other figures getting a promotion include Susan B. Anthony, an abolitionist and suffragette, and Eleanor Roosevelt, the desegregationist ambassador to the United Nations (oh, and FDR’s wife).
From the election of our country’s first black president to the recognition of same sex marriage by the Supreme court to our forthcoming minority-majority status, American has been undergoing a rich multicultural transformation as of late. It’s not hard to locate the announced changes to our currency these other indicators that our country is becoming more open and diverse.
The work is, of course, still ongoing. There is always further to go. But it’s fantastic to see yet another aspect of American life becoming more inline with our values!