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Check out the quarters for 2022 that feature American women who are trailblazers

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U.S. mint has revealed designs for quarters to be released in 2022. The reverse side will feature trailblazing American women.

Each year, 5 new designs are released between 2022 & 2025. Next year’s coins will depict poet, author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou; astronaut Sally Ride, the first woman in space; Wilma Mankiller, the Cherokee Nation’s first principal woman chief; Adelina “Nina” Otero-Warren, a leader in New Mexico’s suffrage movement; and Anna May Wong, the first Hollywood film star of Chinese American descent.

“These inspiring coin designs tell the stories of five extraordinary women whose contributions are indelibly etched in American culture,” United States Mint Acting Director Alison L. Doone said in a statement. “Generations to come will look at coins bearing these designs and be reminded of what can be accomplished with vision, determination and a desire to improve opportunities for all.”

These designs will appear on the heads of the coins, while George Washington’s portrait will remain on the tails. The designs were created by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Designers and sculpted in the United States Mint by medallic artists. Washington’s face will look different from the other quarters. His side of the 2022 quarters was created by early 20th-century sculptor Laura Gardin Fraser, whose design of a portrait of Washington was initially considered for a 1932 coin celebrating his 200th birthday.

Every design was inspired by the life and work of women honored. Ride’s coin shows her standing next to a space shuttle window. The U.S. Mint said it is inspired by her quote, “But when I wasn’t working, I was usually at a window looking down at Earth.”

Mankiller was an activist for Native women’s rights. He is seen wearing a Cherokee Nation seven-pointed Star-embroidered shawl. The Cherokee syllabary is used to write “Cherokee Nation”. 

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Mankiller’s husband, Charlie Soap, said Mankiller’s legacy and impact made her a fitting choice for the coin program.

“We thank the U.S. Mint for recognizing Wilma and the other recipients for such an honor,” Soap told Indian Country Today when it was announced she would be featured earlier this year. “Wilma was a humble, spiritual, great leader whose leadership was not only for Cherokee people but for all women and races. The real value of this coin is the inspiration it brings to Indian people and women everywhere.”

An effort to get abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who rescued about 70 enslaved people through the Underground Railroad, on the $20 bill to replace Andrew Jackson — who owned enslaved people — has been underway since former President Barack Obama’s administration. The move was delayed by Donald Trump who called it “pure political correctness.”

When President Joe Biden took office early this year, his administration pledged to speed along the process, but The Washington Post reported Tubman might not be on a bill before the end of his term, or even before the end of a hypothetical second term.

Congress has approved this year’s American Women Quarters Program to honor the outstanding contributions of deceased U.S. women. Living people cannot be featured on any coins. The U.S. Mint states that the women to be honored are from different ethnicities, races, and locations. 

These are the five design options:

Dr. Sally Ride is seen on one of the new designs for the "American Women Quarters."

Maya Angelou

Anna May Wong

Nina Otero-Warren

Wilma Mankiller

Contributing: Gabriela Miranda

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