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Maya Angelou, Cherokee Nation leader among women honored on newly minted quarters

The U.S. Mint announced this month that it would add more notable women to its inaugural American Women Quarters Program to include famed activists and artists. In a press release, the mint said it would be adding Wilma Mankiller, the first woman elected to be Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation; Adelina Otero-Warren, a leader in the U.S. suffrage movement in New Mexico; and Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American Hollywood film star.
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Famous Writers From John Steinbeck to Maya Angelou All Swore By This Weird Productivity Trick. You Should Steal It

John Steinbeck may have won a Nobel Prize but he still preferred to write at an unstable little desk on his fishing boat. Another giant of American letters, Maya Angelou, liked to rent out hotel rooms and write perched on the bed. Peter Benchley, who wrote Jaws, outdid both of them -- he penned the thriller from the clanging back room of a furnace factory.

Maya Angelou and Sally Ride Will Be First Women on U.S. Quarters Coming in 2022

Can you think of a woman on a U.S. coin? Depending on your age, you may have encountered the Susan B. Anthony dollar or the Sacagawea dollar (which largely replaced it). If you've payed close attention to American coinage, you may have also spotted Helen Keller on the Alabama State Quarter. However, these are the only three women on American coins—or on any American legal tender produced today. Thankfully, the American Women Quarters Program is set to change that. The program will create 20 new quarter designs featuring pioneering American women of the past. The quarters will be released by the U.S. Mint in stages over the next four years.

Astronaut Sally Ride and Maya Angelou To Be First Women Honored On US Quarters

Astronaut Sally Ride and poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou have been announced as the first two women to be commemorated on US legal tender quarters, the US Mint has announced. They are the first individuals honored as part of the US Mint's 4-year American Women Quarters Program that will celebrate the accomplishments of women "who made significant contributions to the Nation".
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Jamal Jordan Wants to Have Dinner with Maya Angelou and James Baldwin

——— JULIANA UKIOMOGBE: Describe your ideal writing atmosphere. JAMAL JORDAN: I’m a really messy person, but when I actually need to get work done, there’s nothing better than cleaning up my space. So my first rule: cleanliness. I’m lucky enough to have a home office. When I started working on Queer Love in Color, I made a hard rule against ever working in bed, so I set up a room with great natural light, a gamer chair, and a hanging desk. It’s been perfect. I wish I was the kind of person who could set up his computer under some shade on a beach, but working in beautiful spaces is too distracting for me.

Maya Angelou, Sally Ride to Be Among First Women Featured on U.S. Quarters

The majority of the United States’ circulating coins depict men, from former presidents to civil rights advocate Frederick Douglass to naturalist John Muir. Aside from the allegorical Lady Liberty, however, American women have largely been relegated to collectible and commemorative coins. Of the denominations currently accepted as legal tender, just three feature actual female figures: the Susan B. Anthony dollar, the Sacagawea dollar and the Alabama state quarter (which depicts Alabama native Helen Keller).

Maya Angelou Among Historic Women To Appear on Newly Designed Quarter

The late poet joins Sally Ride as the first features in a new coin series honoring American women. The U.S. Mint has announced the first two women to be honored on coins issued under the “American Women Quarters Program.” The late, illustrious writer Maya Angelou and trailblazing astronaut Dr. Sally Ride will be the first distinguished American “sheroes” to be celebrated on the quarter. Circulation is slated to begin in 2022.
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Visiting the town of Stamps, childhood home of Maya Angelou

Stamps is a small town in Lafayette County around 2.5 hours from Little Rock. The town has the distinction of being the childhood home of author and poet Maya Angelou (1928-2014). Angelou wrote about the town in her book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which received a National Book Award nomination. She spent much of her youth in Stamps in the home of her paternal grandmother, who ran the only African American general store in town. After Angelou's passing, the city dedicated a city park and Lake June to her, which you can visit in town.
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Maya Angelou and Sally Ride will be among the women being honored on quarters

Maya Angelou became the second poet in history to recite a poem at an inauguration with her reading of "On the Pulse of Morning" when Bill Clinton was first sworn in as president in 1993. Now, she'll make history again as one of 20 distinguished women set to be honored by the U.S. Mint, appearing on a series of quarters starting next year.