HARRIET TUBMAN FITS THE BILL

Guests:  Dawn Crim, Associate Dean of External Relations; Judith Houck, Associate Professor and Chair, Dept. of Women & Gender Studies, UW-Madison

In April 2016, the U.S. Treasury announced that Harriet Tubman will replace President Andrew Jackson on the center of a new $20 bill. This followed the Women on 20’s campaign calling for a notable American woman to appear on U.S. currency.  Harriet Tubman emerged as the choice of more than a half million voters in an online poll.  Who was Harriet Tubman, and why did she rise to the top of the list of voters?

On this program, Dawn Crim and Judith Houck explore the life of Harriet Tubman, a woman who escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist.  Harriet Tubman led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad.  According to her supporters, not only did she devote her inspiring life to racial equality, she also fought for women’s rights alongside the nation’s suffragettes.