Asian Reporter web extra, January 11, 2022
U.S. Mint begins American Women Quarters Program
By Martin Crutsinger
The Associated Press
Images courtesy of the U.S. Mint
WASHINGTON (AP) ó The United States Mint says it has begun shipping
quarters featuring the image of poet Maya Angelou, the first coins in
its American Women Quarters Program.
Angelou, an American author, poet, and Civil Rights activist, rose to
prominence with the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
in 1969. Angelou, who died in 2014 at the age of 86, was honored with
the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010 by President Barack Obama.
The quarter design depicts Angelou with outstretched arms. Behind her
are a bird in flight and a rising sun, images inspired by her poetry.
The mintís program will issue 20 quarters over the next four years
honoring women and their achievements in shaping the nationís history.
Additional honorees in 2022 will be physicist and first woman
astronaut Sally Ride, and Wilma Mankiller, the first female principal
chief of the Cherokee Nation. Also honored this year will be Nina
Otero-Warren, a leader in New Mexicoís suffrage movement and the first
female superintendent of Santa Fe public schools, and Anna May Wong, the
first Chinese-American film star in Hollywood.
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, the senate sponsor of
legislation directing the mint to issue the quarters honoring women,
applauded the U.S. Mintís selection of Angelou for the first coin.
"This coin will ensure generations of Americans learn about Maya
Angelouís books and poetry that spoke to the lived experience of Black
women," she said in a statement.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, the nationís first female Treasury
secretary, said, "Each time we redesign our currency, we have the chance
to say something about our country .... Iím very proud that these coins
celebrate the contributions of some of Americaís most remarkable women,
including Maya Angelou."
The Biden administration announced soon after taking office a year
ago that it planned to replace Andrew Jacksonís portrait on the $20 bill
with abolitionist Harriet Tubman, a leader in the Underground Railroad.
However, since that announcement the administration has provided no
further details on its plans.
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