WASHINGTON, April 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Women's History Museum (NWHM) applauds the decision by U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to put abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the nation's $20 bill and announces the launch of its newest online exhibit profiling Tubman's extraordinary life. The decision to include a woman on a U.S. dollar bill is a significant step in our nation's recognition of women and their contribution to our nation. It is the first time in more than a century that a woman's portrait will grace the nation's paper currency.
"What a resounding and important message we have sent to our young girls and women in this country," said NWHM President and CEO Joan Wages. "There have been many efforts to bring women's history into our mainstream. This decision significantly raises the profile and the conversation about women's impact on our country's development."
In marking the announcement, the NWHM, in partnership with the Google Cultural Institute, launched a new exhibit that details Tubman's life and her work as a leading conductor on the Underground Railroad. The exhibit provides a walk through locations and existing sites used on the historic route to freedom for slaves and freed Blacks who Tubman helped escape.
About the National Women's History Museum
Founded in 1996, the National Women's History Museum (NWHM, Inc.) is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the general public about the diverse historic contributions of women and raising awareness about the critical need for a national women's history museum in our nation's capital. Currently located online at www.nwhm.org, the Museum's goal is to build a world-class, permanent museum on or near the National Mall that will herald and display the collective history of American women. A Congressional Commission has been established that is charged with producing a feasible plan, which would include the governance, fundraising, location and organizational structure of the museum. For additional information visit NWHM.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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