U.S. currency is, like most things in America, dominated by white men.
First on the list to be immortalized are famed poet and author Maya Angelou and astronaut Sally Ride, who was the first American woman ever to go to space. In all, 20 women will be featured in the new initiative.
Those selected will come “from a wide spectrum of fields including, but not limited to, suffrage, civil rights, abolition, government, humanities, science, space, and the arts,” the U.S. Mint said in a statement to the Seattle Times. And, the governing body pledges that the pool of women chosen will come from “ethnically, racially, and geographically diverse backgrounds.”
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Of course, the front, or “heads” side of the quarter will still feature our first president, George Washington (though he will reportedly get a redesign of his own). But we’re all for any step that places outstanding women in the minds — or at the very least, the wallets — of others.
The quarters will enter circulation in January 2022, and additional versions will be rolled out over the next 4 years.