American Women Quarters™ Program: The Women That Make Cents

by | Apr 12, 2024 | News, Women and Finance

As we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of finance and empowerment, it’s essential to acknowledge initiatives that celebrate the contributions of women. The American Women Quarters™ Program, a groundbreaking series by the United States Mint, does just that. This initiative is not just about currency—it’s about recognizing the extraordinary women who have shaped our nation. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the essence of this program and its significance for women, particularly those in transition, who are stepping into new financial territories.

Understanding the American Women Quarters™ Program:

Launched in 2022, the American Women Quarters Program honors women’s contributions in a variety of fields including, suffrage, civil rights, abolition, government, humanities, science, and the arts. Each year, the Mint will issue five new quarters featuring different trailblazing American women through 2025.

2022 Quarter Honorees:

  1. Maya Angelou – Celebrated poet and civil rights activist.
  2. Dr. Sally Ride – The first American woman in space.
  3. Wilma Mankiller – The first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
  4. Nina Otero-Warren – A leader in New Mexico’s suffrage movement.
  5. Anna May Wong – The first Chinese American film star in Hollywood.

2023 Quarter Honorees:

  1. Bessie Coleman – The first African American and Native American woman pilot.
  2. Edith Kanakaʻole – An influential Hawaiian composer, dancer, and teacher.
  3. Eleanor Roosevelt – A renowned diplomat and former First Lady of the United States.
  4. Jovita Idár – A journalist, activist, and champion of civil rights for Mexican Americans.
  5. Maria Tallchief – America’s first major prima ballerina and a member of the Osage Nation.

2024 Quarter Honorees:

  1. Patsy Mink – The first woman of color and the first Asian American woman elected to Congress.
  2. Pauli Murray – A civil rights activist and the first African American woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest.
  3. Zitkála-Šá – A Native American writer, composer, and political activist of the Yankton Dakota Sioux.
  4. Dr. Mary Edwards Walker – The only woman to receive the Medal of Honor and a pioneering surgeon. (I especially love her inclusion because I was the recipient of the Dr. Mary E. Walker Award 24 years ago for “demonstrating dedicated and exemplary volunteerism that improved the quality of life for soldiers and their families.”)
  5. Celia Cruz – A Cuban American singer and one of the most popular salsa artists of the 20th century.

Why This Matters:

  1. Empowering Stories: Each honoree’s story is a source of inspiration. There are a number of names that were not familiar to me, so I enjoyed learning about each of them. 
  2. Educational Tool: The quarters can be used as an educational tool to teach young women and girls about money management and the history of women’s contributions to society.  
  3. Collectible Value: For the financially savvy, these quarters could become collectibles. As we know, certain collectibles can increase in value over time, representing a unique investment opportunity.  I was able to order the subscription, so each year I get the new set automatically (& a second set for my young niece). 
  4. Promoting Financial Literacy: By incorporating these quarters into conversations about financial planning, we can reinforce the importance of financial literacy among women. This aligns perfectly with the mission of BayView Financial Planning, empowering women to invest in their own future financial security through the tides of life.

Conclusion:

The American Women Quarters Program is not just about collecting coins; it’s about honoring the legacies of women who have shaped our nation. I encourage you to find inspiration in these stories..Be bold like them and take action toward your own future financial security.