American Women Quarters™ Program
In late 2020, Congress passed legislation (P.L. 116-330, signed into law on January 13, 2021) directing the U.S. Mint to consult with the National Women's History Museum, as well as the Smithsonian Institution American Women’s History Initiative and the Bipartisan Women’s Caucus, to identify prominent American women to honor on a series of quarter dollars over the next four years.
These trailblazing women will be featured on circulating and numismatic American Women Quarters™ Program coins beginning in January 2022. The public was invited to submit recommendations through a web portal hosted by the National Women's History Museum; more than 11,000 recommendations were submitted for consideration. Click here to learn more about this inspiring and important program, and download our classroom-ready posters here.
The 2022 Quarters
The first five women to be honored on coins issued under the American Women Quarters™ Program are Maya Angelou, world-renowned poet and scholar; Wilma Mankiller, the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation and an activist for Native American and women’s rights; Adelina Otero-Warren, a leader in New Mexico’s suffrage movement and the first female superintendent of Santa Fe public schools; Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space and first acknowledged gay astronaut; and Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American film star in Hollywood, achieving international success despite racism and discrimination.
The 2023 Quarters
The second five women to be honored on coins issued under the American Women Quarters™ Program are Bessie Coleman, the first African American and first Native American woman pilot; Edith Kanakaʻole, indigenous Hawaiian composer, custodian of native culture and traditions; Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady, author, and civil liberties advocate; Jovita Idár, Mexican-American journalist, activist, teacher, and suffragist; and Maria Tallchief, America’s first prima ballerina.
Watch NWHM in Conversation: Celebrating the Maya Angelou Quarter and the American Women Quarters™️ Program
News and Updates about the American Women Quarters™ Program
United States Mint Announces Designs for 2024 American Women Quarters™️ Program Coins (July 20, 2023)
United States Mint Announces Designs for 2023 American Women Quarters™ Program Coins (August 29, 2022)
United States Mint Announces 2023 American Women Quarters™ Program Honorees (March 30, 2022)
United States Mint Announces Designs for 2022 American Women Quarters™ Program Coins (October 6, 2021)