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A woman will finally grace the $20 bill as Andrew Jackson gets the boot

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Clayton Guse

Advocates for the #WomanOnThe20 movement scored a big victory on Monday, with CNN reporting that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is expected to announce that a woman will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of $20 bills.

All we can say is this: #itsaboutfriggintime.

The move comes a little less than a year after an online petition called for the treasury to feature a woman on the bill (you know, because America's paper currency is filled with old white dudes). The replacement has yet to be determined, but advocates of the movement have pushed for figures such as Harriet Tubman and Eleanor Roosevelt. "It's all about the Eleanors!"

The $20 isn't the only bill that could see a facelift, though. Last summer Lew told the press that he was considering changing the portrait on the $10 bill, which drew an incredible amount of ire from fans of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda would have some serious work to fix his now-famous lyric, "The ten-dollar founding father without a father"). But Hamilheads fear not: instead of ripping the face of the country's first Treasury Secretary off of the $10, the back of the bill will be changed to a mural highlighting the women's suffrage movement, according to CNN.

The changes to the currency won't be coming any time soon, though. Because of all of the federal red tape that needs to be snipped through before a bill can be redesigned, the earliest that Jackson's mug can be rubbed out is 2030.

In any case, it's great to see that a woman will front the $20—and hopefully by the time it happens, women and men will be earning the same number of Eleanors (or Harriets) for the same time spent at the office. 

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