Did this girl's letter put Harriet Tubman on the $20?
"A young girl wrote to ask, 'Why aren't there any women on our currency?' And then she gave me like a long list of possible women to put on our dollar bills and quarters and stuff, which I thought was a pretty good idea," President Obama said.
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That young girl President Obama was talking about is Sofia. At 9 years old, she sent a letter to the White House with a list of suggestions of women she'd like to see on U.S. currency. One of those suggestions: Harriet Tubman. OK, maybe she got her spelling wrong, but, come on, she was 9.
Fast-forward a couple years to Wednesday, when Treasury Secretary Jack Lew called Sofia himself to share the news that her suggestion was heard and that Tubman will soon grace the $20 bill.
"Thank you for writing the president and thank you for writing to me and I thank you for helping to wake up the country," Lew said.
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It turns out the Treasury Department actually took two suggestions from Sofia's list. Eleanor Roosevelt will appear on the back of the new $5 bill.
"Some kids think, 'Well, I'm a kid. I can't vote. Why should I be able to make a change at anything?' If you think of a way you can do something, even if you think it's small, it can turn into something huge," Sofia said.
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