American Women Quarters™ Program
United States Mint

Five Remarkable Women Honored on New U.S. Quarters

New quarters honoring five U.S. women and their remarkable contributions to the country will go into circulation this year. They'll include the first Black woman to be featured on a quarter, Maya Angelou.

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It's part of the U.S. Mint's American Women Quarters program, which will run through 2025. This year's honorees:

  • Maya Angelou, a celebrated Black writer, performer, and social activist who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom 
  • Sally Ride, a physicist, educator, astronaut, and the first American woman in space
  • Wilma Mankiller, a Cherokee activist, community developer, and the first woman to be elected principal chief of the Cherokee Nation
  • Nina Otero-Warren, a leader in New Mexico's suffrage movement and the first female superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools
  • Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American Hollywood actress

The Maya Angelou and Sally Ride quarters will go into circulation in February. Mankiller's will start circulating in the spring, Otero-Warren's in the summer, and Wong's near the end of the year.

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That's not the only change: George Washington, on the obverse side of the quarter, is getting an overhaul as well. He'll be facing right instead of left thanks to the work of a female sculptor, Laura Gardin Fraser. Her design was recommended for the 1932 quarter, but the Treasury secretary chose John Flanagan's now-ubiquitous design instead.

As for paper currency, an effort to put abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill stalled during the Trump administration. President Joe Biden has said he wants to speed up that process, but it still could take years, the Washington Post reports.

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