Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday applauded reports that the Treasury Department would replace former President Andrew Jackson with abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.
The move, expected to be officially announced this afternoon, is a long-awaited victory for activists pushing for female representation on United States currency.
Democrats on Twitter praised the early news, initially reported by Politico.
Treasury initially planned to put a woman on the $10 bill, which currently features Alexander Hamilton, the first Treasury secretary and protagonist of the Broadway smash hit “Hamilton.”
Fans of the play spoke out in support of Hamilton while critics, activists and politicians suggested keeping him on the $10 bill and instead replacing Jackson, who opposed paper currency and forcibly removed thousands of Native Americans from their homes, on the $20 bill.
A woman, a leader, and a freedom fighter. I can't think of a better choice for the $20 bill than Harriet Tubman: https://t.co/YcsZC4ZrKg -H— Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE (@HillaryClinton) April 20, 2016
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Ok, who is working on a Broadway Musical about Harriet Tubman? Maybe we can get her moved up to a hundo.— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) April 20, 2016
Excited to hear that abolitionist Harriet Tubman will be the new face of the $20 bill https://t.co/RkmwBXSoSW— David Scott (@repdavidscott) April 20, 2016
#HarrietTubman will be on the $20 bill by 2020, signifying the contributions women have made to the success & strength of our nation.— Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (@RepMarciaFudge) April 20, 2016
According to @USTreasury, leaders from the women’s suffrage movement will be on the $10 bill as well. Great news!— Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (@RepMarciaFudge) April 20, 2016