NATIONAL NEWS — The National Women's History Museum is asking for help in choosing which pioneering American women should be featured on on a run of U.S. quarters.
It's part of the American Women Quarters Program which will stamp circulating quarters with the faces of women who have made "significant contributions to the US," according to the U.S. Mint.
The first two women chosen are Maya Angelou and astronaut Dr. Sally Ride.
The women chosen as honorees may come from a wide spectrum of fields including suffrage, civil rights, abolition, government, humanities, science, space, and the arts. The women honored will come from ethnically, racially, and geographically diverse backgrounds.
The U.S. Mint says that, since Public Law requires that no living person be featured in the coin designs, all of the women honored must be deceased. The Mint will annually issue up to five different reverse designs over the four-year period beginning in 2022 and continuing through 2025.
Faces will be on one side of the quarters, with President George Washington on the front.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will select the women to be honored on the quarters with input from the Smithsonian Institution’s American Women’s History Initiative, the National Women’s History Museum, and the Congressional Bipartisan Women’s Caucus.
Coins with the chosen likenesses will begin circulating in January 2022.
A recommendation form can be submitted by clicking here.