Five more women will appear on US quarters in 2023

After honoring the likes of Maya Angelou and Sally Ride in the first edition of its American Women Quarters program, the agency has selected a new group of trailblazing women to be celebrated on American currency: pilot Bessie Coleman, journalist and activist Jovita Idár , hula teacher Edith Kanakaʻole, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and ballerina Maria Tallchief.
These five women will appear on the reverse of select coins beginning next year, while the obverse of the coins will feature a portrait of George Washington designed by 20th-century sculptor Laura Gardin Fraser. This year’s pioneers made contributions in fields ranging from aviation to activism and the arts.
Bessie Coleman took to the skies as the first African-American woman pilot and the first Native American. Although she was rejected from US aviation schools due to her race and gender, she was not discouraged and began learning French so she could apply to overseas aviation programs (she eventually earned a pilot’s license). international in 1921). Her fearless spirit also carried over into the air, where she was known for performing flips and flips and figure eights, and she encouraged other women and African-Americans to reach for the skies as well.
As a journalist and activist, Jovita Idár spoke out against the racism faced by Mexican-Americans in the early 20th century, and she did not back down from intimidation. When the Texas Rangers shut down her newspaper after she wrote an article criticizing President Woodrow Wilson’s decision to send troops to the southern border, she stood her ground and defended her gates.
Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most influential first ladies in US history, using her platform to champion causes like racial justice, women’s suffrage, and disability rights. She continued her activism even after her time in the White House, she went on to chair the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and helped write the 1948 United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.
Edith Kanakaʻole was an indigenous Hawaiian hula teacher who helped preserve her native culture and traditions as part of the Hawaiian Renaissance of the 1970s. Breaking barriers as a Native American dancer, Maria Tallchief is considered the first American prima ballerina.

“The range of accomplishments and experiences of these extraordinary women speak to the contributions women have always made in our country’s history,” Ventris C. Gibson, deputy director of the U.S. Mint, said in a statement. “I am proud that the Mint continues to connect America through coinage by honoring these trailblazing women and their groundbreaking contributions to our society.”

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen selected the 2023 honorees with input from the Smithsonian Institution’s American Women’s History Initiative, the National Museum of Women’s History and the Bipartisan Congressional Women’s Caucus, according to the House. of US Currency

The American Women Quarters Program, which released its first batch of quarters this year, will continue through 2025, honoring five women with five quarters each year.

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