The U.S. Mint makes Maya Angelou the first Black woman to appear on quarters

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The U.S. Mint announced that it began shipping out the first quarters featuring trailblazing American women, and the first person to appear is none other than the poet, writer, and activist Maya Angelou.

“Each time we redesign our currency, we have the chance to say something about our country — what we value, and how we’ve progressed as a society. I’m very proud that these coins celebrate the contributions of some of America’s most remarkable women, including Maya Angelou.” – Secretary Janet L. Yellen

The some other women that will be coined include Wilma Mankiller, the Cherokee Nation’s first female principal chief; Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American Hollywood film star; Adelina Otero-Warren, a leader in New Mexico’s suffrage movement; and Sally Ride, an astronaut and physicist who was the first American woman in space.


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