A national group is rallying behind Harriet Tubman in an online contest to put a woman on the $20 bill.
The Harriet Tubman Boosters are campaigning for the abolitionist and civil rights icon, who spent the last half of her life in Auburn. The group is distributing flyers, sending emails to contacts, and encouraging friends on Facebook to vote for Tubman in the Women on 20s campaign.
Laurel Ullyette, president of the Harriet Tubman Boosters, said the club views the Women on 20s campaign as an opportunity to educate the public about Tubman’s life and her achievements.
The Women on 20s campaign launched the first round of voting in March. The top three women; Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt and Harriet Tubman advanced to the final round, which began this week.
A fourth candidate, Wilma Mankiller, was added to the final group. Mankiller was the first woman elected chief of an Indian nation when she led the Cherokees from 1985 to 1995.
Women on 20s was founded by Barbara Ortiz Howard. The goal of the group is to put a woman’s face on the $20 bill by 2020 — the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s passage.
To redesign the $20 bill, the U.S. Treasury Department must approve the change.
If Tubman is selected to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, Ullyette said it could lead to more interest in Tubman.
“It’s the most prominent bill there is,” she said. “I think it would really hit people that maybe this is somebody we need to learn more about.”