They were suffragettes, leaders, artists and astronauts who transformed the US — even if you don’t know them by name.
Now, they’ll be immortalized on American currency.
The quarter that honors Maya Angelou evokes one of her most famous works, the autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Credit: US Mint
Asian American actress Anna May Wong, Cherokee Nation leader Wilma Mankiller and suffragette and politician Nina Otero-Warren will join Ride and Angelou in being featured on the coins.
“These inspiring coin designs tell the stories of five extraordinary women whose contributions are indelibly etched in American culture,” US Mint Acting Director Alison Doone said in a statement.
NASA astronaut Sally Ride’s quarter sets her in space. Credit: US Mint
The US Mint program will continue until 2025, honoring five women with five quarters each year.