Treasury Department revealed the final honorees of the four-year American Women Quarters Program on Tuesday, featuring journalist and NAACP co-founder Ida B. Wells, Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low, astronomer Vera Rubin, disabilities activist Stacey Park Milbern, and tennis and golf star Althea Gibson.
Mint Director Ventris Gibson said:
“It’s a privilege for the Mint to connect America through coins, and to tell our nation’s story through honoring the women in this amazing program. The pioneering women we have recognized are among the many in our nation’s history who have made significant contributions and championed change in their own unique way.”
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, the first woman to hold the post, collaborated with the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum, the National Women’s History Museum, and the Congressional Bipartisan Women’s Caucus to select the honorees.
Ida B. Wells, a trailblazing investigative journalist and civil rights activist, played a crucial role in inspiring the civil rights movement through her reporting on injustices in the American South in the 1890s, particularly lynching.
Stacey Park Milbern, a leader in the disability justice movement since the early 2000s, served on disability rights boards and advocated for disability rights.
Althea Gibson, the first Black athlete to compete in tennis at the highest level and the first Black woman to win a Grand Slam title in 1956, made significant contributions to both tennis and golf.
Since the inception of the American Women Quarters Program in 2022, a total of 20 women have been featured on quarters, including writer Maya Angelou, astronaut Sally Ride, and former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt.