Updated 11:55 AM EDT, Sun, Sep 22, 2019

Harriet Tubman Replacing Ex-US President Andrew Jackson in $20 Bill? Know Her Story Here

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In line with the centennial celebration of the women's right to vote, Women On 20's, a non-profit group, is spearheading a national campaign to acknowledge the place of women in history by replacing ex-US President Andrew Jackson in $20 bill by a notable American woman's visage.

The group has conducted a 10-week online poll, which allowed people to cast their votes on who they would want to see on the paper bill, and delivered their formal petition to the White House. And slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman came out as the runaway winner.

Susan Ades Stone, the executive director of Women On 20s, said in a statement that "our paper bills are like pocket monuments to great figures in our history. Our work won't be done until we're holding a Harriet $20 bill in our hands in time for the centennial of women's suffrage in 2020."

The Huffington Post reports that Tubman got 33.6 percent of the 352,431 total votes in the final round. Overall, there are about 600,000 people who cast their votes in the poll. Eleanor Roosevelt trailed Tubman at second place, followed by Rosa Parks and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller.

Harriet Tubman was born in Maryland as a slave, and have had her fair share of the usual stories of a slave's brutal living and working condition back in the 19th century, according to History.com. She was escaped slavery in 1849, but found a way to return on numerous occasions in order to mount several other escapes, this time involving her family (which she initially left behind), and several other slaves. They were able to elude their captors via the Underground Railroad.

"After the war, Tubman continued her service to others. She advocated for education and property for freed slaves in the South and she cared for the elderly and poor.  When she died in 1913, called 'General Tubman' by her admirers, she was laid to rest with military honors -- one of the first recorded African American women to  serve in the military," the Women On 20's notes on their site.

They also described Tubman's life as an "example of triumph over adversity and perseverance in service to others and her country." Stone said that the U.S. has been built by both men and women over the course of history. Women have been in the background for the most part, and it's time to recognize their contribution.

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