Poet Maya Angelou and astronaut Sally Ride to be the first women on series of quarters

20 women are being honoured by the U.S Mint to be put on a new series of quarters, starting with Maya Angelou and Dr. Sally Ride.

Their coins are debuting in January and will continue in circulation through 2025 as part of the American Women Quarters Program. U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee said in a statement that “for too long, many of the women who have contributed to our country’s history have gone unrecognized, especially women of colour.”

She added that Angelou and Ride “paved the way for many who came after them and inspired young women to carry on their legacy.”

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