This isn’t the first time women have been featured on U.S. coins. For example, women’s rights leader Susan B. Anthony and Native American explorer Sacajawea have appeared on dollar coins. The new program plans to celebrate many more women. The Mint will roll out a set of five new coins every year until 2025. The first will feature author Maya Angelou.
How were the first five women (see below) chosen? The public submitted more than 11,000 suggestions to the Mint. It was up to the official who oversees the Mint to make the final decision. That’s Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, the first woman in U.S. history to hold that job.