Tubman and Other Deserving Female Icons

by James Hill

April 20, 2016

This is a big day for Black women!

Harriet Tubman earned her place in history by escaping slavery, becoming an abolitionist and a Union spy.

And, as of today, Tubman will be the new face of the U.S. $20.

Actually, the redesigned bank note (we’re already calling them “Tubmans”) won’t debut until sometime after the year 2020, but that hasn’t stopped us from celebrating and wondering: what are some other American standards that should be rededicated to black female icons?

Here are a few:

1. The Dinah Washington Monument — Yes, George Washington is important, but the Queen of Blues needs a place to reign.


2. The Beyoncé of Liberty — “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to slay bitch.”


3. Mount Fierce-More — Dedicated to the ones who killed it before us: Ruby Dee, Shirley Chisholm, Nina Simone, Sojourner Truth

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In all seriousness, we couldn’t be prouder and here’s to seeing more people (women) of color woven into the fabric of this country’s heritage.

TELL US: What other Black women deserve more official recognition? 

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