The Mint’s American Women Quarters Program represents a broader effort to celebrate pioneering women and their accomplishments.
By 2025, the Mint will issue five coins annually, each with a different reverse design. The honorees will be selected by the Secretary of the Treasury after consultation with the bipartisan Congressional Women’s Committee, the National Women’s History Museum and the Smithsonian Institution’s American Women’s History Initiative, the mint said.
This year’s quarters feature Sally Ride, the first American woman in space; Wilma Mankiller, a Native American activist; Nina Otero-Warren, a leading figure in the New Mexico suffrage movement; Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American film star in Hollywood; and Maya Angelou, the poet and author.
Women have traditionally been underrepresented in American currency.
In 1979, Susan B. Anthony was the first woman to appear on a circulating US coin. Since then, other women have been introduced at times. From 2000 to 2008, the Mint issued a gold dollar coin depicting Sacagawea, a Shoshone woman who led Lewis and Clark across the Northern Great Plains with an infant on their back.
The coin designs for the current award winners do not resemble previously issued quarters. Ms. Angelou is shown with her arms raised, sunbeams overhead reflecting a bird in flight. Ms. Wong’s quarters zoom in on her face and rest on her manicured hand. On Mrs Otero-Warren’s coin are the words “VOTO PARA LA MUJER”, the Spanish translation of the suffragist slogan “Votes for Women”.
Alison L. Doone, acting director of the Mint, said in a statement that the coin designs tell the stories of “five extraordinary women whose contributions are indelibly engraved on American culture.”
“Future generations will look at coins with these designs,” she said, “and be reminded of what can be accomplished with vision, determination, and a desire to improve opportunities for all.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/01/us/us-quarter-women-edith-kanakaole.html Native Hawaiian hula teacher among five women who will appear at the Quarters