Mint’s American Women Quarters Program represents a broader effort to celebrate pioneer women and their accomplishments.
By 2025, Mint will issue five coins annually, each with a different inverted design. The honorees were selected by the Secretary of the Fund in consultation with the Congressional Bipartisan Women’s Caucus, the National Museum of Women’s History, and the Smithsonian Institution’s American Women’s History Initiative, Mint said.
Sally Ride, the first American woman in space this quarter; Wilma Mankiller, a Native American activist; Nina Otero-Warren, leader of the New Mexico suffrage movement; Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American film star in Hollywood; And Maya Angelo, poet and writer.
Women are traditionally under-represented in the US currency.
In 1979, Susan B. Anthony She was the first woman to appear on a running American coin. Since then, other women have been portrayed intermittently. From 2000 to 2008, the Mint issued gold dollar coins SacagaweaA Shoshon woman who crossed the Northern Great Plains with Lewis and Clark had a baby hanging on her back.
Coin designs for current dignitaries do not match previously issued quarters. Ms. Angelo is shown raising her hand, above the sun’s rays, echoing a flying bird. Ms. Wong’s quarters zoomed in on her face, resting on her manicure hands. On Ms. Otero-Warren’s coin, there are the words “Vote para la mujer,” the Spanish translation of the suffrage slogan “Vote for women.”
Mint’s acting director Alison L. Dunne said A statement Coin Designs “tells the story of five extraordinary women whose contributions have been etched in American culture indefinitely.”
“The next generation will see the coins that carry these designs,” she said, “and will be reminded of what can be done with the dream, determination and desire to improve opportunities for all.”