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  • Writer's pictureAmit Banerjee

Extreme Makeover: Money Edition

Yesterday, we learned that Alexander Hamilton will remain on the face of the $10 bill, and Harriet Tubman, an abolitionist who led many slaves to freedom by way of the "underground railroad", will instead be replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. We also found out that the back of the 10 dollar bill will now be an image honoring all of the suffragettes who fought for women's right to vote and helped introduce the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. I think it's wonderful to acknowledge the efforts of "more recent" change-makers in our nation by placing icons of certain movements like slavery and women's suffrage on something that is so commonplace yet instrumental in our daily lives: our money. There's still a lot of work that needs to be done to make sure that civil rights are never violated, but I'm so happy that we'll see reminders of the progress we've made as citizens and as a country every time we buy our Big Macs and apple pies. I'm interested to see who will replace whom on our currency in the future? Maybe Bill Gates, maybe Kim Kardashian, maybe Donald Trump...only time will tell.

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