Coin the Phrase “Women Rule”
It’s time to get coins -- literally. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and freshman Congressman Anthony Gonzáles (R-OH) introduced legislation last week directing the Treasury Department to issue quarters, one from each of the 50 states and the U.S. territories, to honor women who have made significant contributions to America. The Women’s History and Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Quarter Dollar Coin Program Act would have the governor or executive of each state or territory recommend a design to the Treasury, in consultation with various stakeholders. “Since our nation’s founding, women have played an instrumental role in shaping this country – yet these sacrifices and accomplishments have often gone unrecognized by history,” said Lee. “By uplifting and showcasing these amazing women on our currency, Americans will have an opportunity to learn more about the unsung pioneers who built our nation.” The bill celebrates the 100th anniversary of the amendment that guarantees a woman’s right to vote by requiring the Mint to issue a new multi-year program of quarters that feature noteworthy women from each state. “It is time we recognize the contributions of these groundbreakers the same way we memorialize the contributions of so many other American icons, with a place on our currency,” said González. More here.