Poet and author Maya Angelou, the first American woman in space and a revered leader of the Cherokee Nation are among the trailblazers whose portraits will appear in the American Quarter.
The new four-year American Women Quarters program celebrates the achievements and contributions of women to the development and history of the United States, according to the US Mint.
As part of this program, the Mint will release up to five new designs each year from 2022 to 2025. Winners will come from a variety of fields and from diverse ethnic, racial and geographic backgrounds, according to the Mint.
Those chosen for the first year are:
– Angelou, famous poet and memorialist
– Wilma Mankiller, the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation
– Adelina Otero-Warren, leader of the suffrage movement in New Mexico
– Sally Ride, the first American woman in space
– Anna May Wong, Hollywood’s first Chinese-American movie star
Chief Cherokee Nation Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Mankiller’s husband Charlie Soap expressed gratitude for Mankiller’s inclusion in the program, saying her influence and leadership made her an appropriate choice.
Mankiller became one of the most visible Native American leaders in the United States during her 10 years as chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma from 1985 to 1995. She died in 2010.
“We thank the US Mint for recognizing Wilma and the other recipients for such an honor,” Soap told Indian Country Today. “Wilma was a great, humble, spiritual leader whose leadership was not only for the Cherokee people, but for all women and races. The true value of this coin is the inspiration it brings to Indians and women of the world. whole world.”