Maya Angelou Is First Black Woman to Be Featured on U.S. Quarter

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The coins, which have started shipping to banks, are part of the American Women’s Quarters program.

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Those featured on the back of these quarters will include women who have made their mark in science, civil rights, suffrage and other fields.

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Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said, “Every time we redesign our currency, we have an opportunity to say something about our country – what we value, and how we move forward as a society.” have grown.” “I am very proud that these coins celebrate the contributions of some of America’s most remarkable women, including Maya Angelou.”

Ms Angelou, who died in 2014 at the age of 86, was an author, poet and civil-rights activist best known for works including “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, which chronicles her earlier life and Details sexism, racial identity and conflicts. rape. He published 36 books during his life, and President Barack Obama awarded him the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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The quarter depicting Ms. Angelo shows her with her arms in front of the rising sun and a bird in flight, which the mint said are symbolic of how the author lived and inspired by her poetry.

Mint said other women who will be featured in the quarter this year include Dr. Sally Ride, the first female astronaut; Wilma Mankiller, the first female head of state of the Cherokee Nation; Anna May Wong, Hollywood’s first Chinese American film star; and Nina Otero-Warren, leader of a New Mexico suffrage movement.

The American Women’s Quarter program isn’t the first time the government has tried to promote famous American women on the country’s currency, which is largely embellished with depictions of famous white men. The Biden administration said early last year that it was restarting efforts to enslave Harriet Tubman, who turned out to be a slave, who is on the $20 bill.

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