Harriet Tubman to appear on front of $20 bill, backs of $10 and $5 will have nods to women’s suffrage and historic events

Posted at 1:25 PM, Apr 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-20 16:24:23-04

WASHINGTON – Alexander Hamilton will stay on the front of the $10 bill, and Harriet Tubman will boot Andrew Jackson from the $20.

The official announcement came Wednesday afternoon on the U.S. Treasury Department’s Twitter account.

It was also revealed that a montage of leaders from the women’s suffrage movement will be added to the back of the $10 and the back of the $5 bill will honor historic events that occurred at the Lincoln Memorial.

The redesigned bills are expected to enter circulation by 2020.

This is the first time women will appear on U.S. paper currency in more than 100 years.

The matter has been at the center of intense debate for some time. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew first told America in June 2015 that he would feature a woman on a new version of the $10 bill, alongside Alexander Hamilton.

Lew promised to spend time collecting public opinion, and it turned out that Americans had plenty to say about the matter. The question of which woman should receive this particular honor was hardly the only point of contention.

Some argued that Hamilton — the nation’s first treasury secretary — shouldn’t have to share top billing with anyone else. Others said a woman shouldn’t have to share a bill — that she should have her own.