Remember when, in 2016, the Obama administration announced plans to put abolitionist and underground railroad hero Harriet Tubman on the face of the new $20 bill? Ah, the good old days. Over a year later, in January 2018, Treasury leader under Trump, Steve Mnuchin said he hadn’t made any decisions about whether they would or would not change the bill. Womp-womp.
Who knows whether the Harriet Tubman $20 bill will come to fruition, but here’s something we do know: Harriet Tubman wouldn’t have earned equal pay for her work today. The lives Harriet Tubman worked so hard to save are still being undervalued in America.
Most people are familiar with the stat that women make 78 cents to the dollar of a white man, but women of color fare much worse. According to the Economic Policy Institute, Black women make 65 cents to a white man’s dollar on average for the same work. The American Association of University Women reports that Native American women make just 57 cents on average.
We wondered: How much would $20 be worth if it were adjusted to the rate women are really making? We paired today’s wages with powerful women figures from history to illustrate the answers.