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US Mint to honor Maya Angelou, Sally Ride and other American women with new quarter designs

Maya Angelou, Sally Ride quarters
Posted at 2:13 PM, Oct 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-11 14:13:47-04

The U.S. Mint last week unveiled new quarter designs that will be released in 2022 that honor the lives of "trailblazing American women."

The five new quarters are the first of 20 new designs that the Mint will release between 2022 and 2025 as part of the American Women Quarters program. The program honors diverse women who have made an impact on American history through "suffrage, civil rights, abolition, government, humanities, science, space, and the arts."

"These inspiring coin designs tell the stories of five extraordinary women whose contributions are indelibly etched in American culture," United States Mint Acting Director Alison L. Doone said in a statement. "Generations to come will look at coins bearing these designs and be reminded of what can be accomplished with vision, determination and a desire to improve opportunities for all."

The 2022 designs will honor poet and activist Maya Angelou, astronaut Dr. Sally Ride, activist and principal Cherokee Nation chief Wilma Mankiller, suffragette Nina Otero-Warren and film star Anna May Wong.

The five unique designs will feature a depiction of each woman and their name, along with the U.S. motto, "E pluribus unum."

Visit the U.S. Mint's website to learn more about each design.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story mistakenly identified Anna May Wong as Wilma May Wong.