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US Mint wants you to help choose the pioneering women who will appear in your new neighborhoods

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Written by By Scottie Andrew, CNN

Following coins that put the focus Duke Ellington, el Tuskegee Aviators i Samoan fruit bats, a new series of quarters will draw attention to pioneering American women.
It is part of the United States Mint “American Women Quarters Program” which will stamp the slums with the faces of women who have made “significant contributions to the United States.” (George Washington’s face will remain in front of the neighborhood, albeit with a new design.)
The first two honorees have already been chosen: dear poet Maya Angelou and astronaut breaking down gender barriers Sally Ride.

The rest of the training will be decided by the Secretary of the Treasury, Janet Yellen, with the contributions of the American public.

The National Museum of Women’s History is accepting submissions to the program, which was authorized by the Law on the redesign of collectible coins in circulation in 2020. According to this measure, all the women who appear on the coins must die: Ride died in 2012, while Angelou died in 2014. Otherwise, the criteria are quite broad.

From 2022 will appear Maya Angelou (shown here in a conceptual concept). Credit: United States currency

The museum welcomes entries from women known for their work in civil rights, science, arts and abolition, among other areas, with an emphasis on women from “diverse ethnic, racial and geographical backgrounds,” according to the Mint of USA.

Ultimately, Yellen will choose the women who will appear on the coins after consulting the Smithsonian Institution American Women History Initiative, the National Women’s History Museum, and the Bipartisan Women’s Caucus, according to the Coin.

The first batch of coins, with Ride and Angelou, will start circulating in January 2022. The Mint will create up to five designs for the queue face of the program quarters, which will run until 2025.

The women chosen by Yellen and the audience will join a very successful duo. Angelou, also a civil rights activist, is best known for books such as “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, considered one of the fundamental works of the 20th century. Ride, a former NASA astronaut, was the first American woman to go into space.

Ride’s partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy, said the astronaut would have been “so moved” to appear in the US currency.

“This tribute reflects Sally’s legacy not only as an advantageous astronaut, but also as an advocate for diversity and inclusion in STEM fields,” she said. dit in a statement through UC San Diego’s nonprofit Sally Ride Science.
Ride and Angelou were the two recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, of President Barack Obama. Ride’s was posthumously awarded and O’Shaughnessy agreed.

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