The U.S. Mint has revealed the five women who will appear on quarters in 2023. This is the second round of the American Women Quarters Program, a four-year series celebrating women’s contributions to the U.S. The first run honors females including Maya Angelou and Sally Ride and the next group of honorees include a former first lady, a pilot, and a prima ballerina.
These pioneering women will be featured on the backs of select quarters starting next year and the front of the coins will have a portrait of George Washington.
The 2023 trailblazers will be:
- Bessie Coleman – She was the first African American and first Native American woman pilot. After being rejected from U.S. flight schools because of her race and gender, Coleman applied to one in France and ultimately earned her international pilot’s license in 1921.
- Jovita Idar – This Mexican American journalist, activist, teacher, and suffragist spoke out about the racism Mexican Americans faced in the early 1900s. Idar wrote for several publications, encouraged women to vote, and is known for not backing down in the face of intimidation.
- Edith Kanaka‘ole – She was an indigenous Hawaiian composer, chanter, dancer, and teacher who founded an internationally recognized dance company known for hula. Her stories helped to preserve Hawaiian history and customs that were disappearing.
- Eleanor Roosevelt – The longest-serving first lady of the United States was an author, advocate, and first chair of the United Nations’ Commission on Human Rights. She was also the first first lady to hold her own press conference and only invited women reporters. Roosevelt is also known for being an advocate for the poor and minorities.
- Maria Tallchief – Born in Oklahoma in 1925, she became America’s first prima ballerina. She broke barriers as a Native American dancer and was known for speaking out against discrimination.
This is a great honor for these women, but you know what would be better? Giving women who do the same work as men equal pay!