Treasury: Gwen Stefani, Caitlin Jenner Also Considered for New Bills

By Fred Furnace

Published May 1st, 2016

Gwen Stefani photo by Georges Biard

WASHINGTON — The selection of abolitionist Harriet Tubman to replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill was a “close call” — with other famous women, ranging from Sacagawea to Gwen Stefani, also considered for the honor Treasury Department officials said Sunday.

“We set out to cast a wide net,” said Chester Newton, assistant director for currency at the U.S. Department of Treasury. “We considered many famous women — some historical in nature and some relevant in modern popular culture — to be the face of our currency.”

Besides Stefani and Sacagawea, the list of runner-up candidates included Beyoncé, Eleanor Roosevelt, Taylor Swift, Amelia Earhart, Shakira, Rosa Parks, Kim Kardashian, Clara Barton, and Kardashian’s former stepfather, Caitlin Jenner.

“We used Internet search data to identify the most important women in American culture today,” Newton said.

From there, each of the nominees received “the full consideration” of the committee, which included historians, senators, and Obama administration officials. Harriet Tubman quickly emerged as the “consensus” pick, though Beyoncé, Rosa Parks, and Caitlin Jenner also received “strong consideration.”

“Rosa Parks was a trailblazer in the Equal Rights movement, Caitlin Jenner has won more Olympic gold medals than any other woman in history, and Beyoncé has that rockin’ ass,” Newton explained. “They were all worthy candidates, but ultimately we decided to go with Tubman.”

The new $20 bill will begin circulating later this year.


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