These 5 Women Will Appear On New 2024 Quarters
This is kinda cool! Love me some girl power!
According to The Hill, the U.S. Mint has announced the five women who will appear on quarters in 2024 as part of the American Women Quarters Program. It’s the third year of the program and for the past two years, the coins have featured well known women including Maya Angelou, Sally Ride and Eleanor Roosevelt. The women chosen for next year may not be in history books, but they’ve made an impact in shaping American history.
The Hill says the 2024 honorees represent a variety of women from different time periods, backgrounds and fields:
- Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray – She was a lawyer, poet, writer, activist and the first African American woman in the U.S. to become an Episcopal priest. Her work was important to the civil rights movement and expanded legal protection for gender equality.
- Patsy Takemoto Mink – She was the first woman of color elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, the first Asian American woman to serve in congress and the first Asian American woman to run for president. While representing her home state of Hawaii, Mink helped pass Title IX, banning discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program that received federal funding.
- Dr. Mary Edwards Walker – She’s the only woman with a Medal of Honor for her work as the first female U.S. Army surgeon during the Civil War. Edwards Walker was also an outspoken women’s rights activist who was repeatedly arrested for wearing men’s clothing.
- Celia Cruz – Known as the “Queen of Salsa,” she was the lead singer of the Afro-Cuban orchestra Sonora Matancera and during her career, she produced 75 records, 23 of which went gold. Cruz won four GRAMMY awards, three Latin GRAMMY awards and was exiled from Cuba for renouncing Fidel Castro’s socialist regime in 1960.
- Zitkala-Ša – A member of the Yankton Sioux (or Dakota) Nation, she was an author and activist for Indigenous rights. She helped pass both the Indian Citizenship Act in 1924 and the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.
The U.S. Mint says they’ll produce around 600 million quarters of each honoree for 10 weeks, and they will be discontinued after that.