Althea Gibson, Ida B. Wells To Be Featured On 2025 Quarters

The U.S. Mint announced the the tennis legend and trailblazing journalist will be on featured among several other notable women.

Tennis icon Althea Gibson and NAACP co-founder Ida B. Wells are among the newest class of women who will be featured on the 2025 quarters,” The Hill reports.

Other honorees include Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low, astronomer Vera Rubin, and disabilities activist Stacey Park Milbern.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who is the first woman to ever hold that position, chose the women in partnership with the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum, the National Women’s History Museum, and the Congressional Bipartisan Women’s Caucus in accordance with Public Law 116-330.

The faces of the women will be featured on the tail side of the quarters, with the designs set to be available next year and will be produced by mint facilities in Denver and Philadelphia.

In a statement, Mint Director Ventris Gibson shared her excitement about the latest group of women who be commemorated.

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“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,” Ventris Gibson said in a statement. “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.”

Gibson was a trailblazing Black athlete who became the first Black woman to break the color to play tennis at the highest level. In her storied career, Gibson won 11 Grand Slam titles including multiple championships at Wimbledon (She was the first Black woman to win the event in 1956), the U.S. Open, and the French Open in both singles and doubles. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Sports Hall of Fame. Gibson was also the first Black athlete in the Women’s Professional Golf Tour.

Wells was an acclaimed journalist, feminist, a civil rights activist, who spoke out against lynchings. She wrote several investigative reports including Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in all its Phases where she put a spotlight on the racial violence that African Americans were enduring. Wells was an advocate for the equality of African Americans and was a staunch supporter of women’s rights as an active participant in the suffrage movement.

The 2025 American Women Quarters™ Program will be the fourth and final year of this historic initiative “featuring  coins with reverse (tails) designs emblematic of the accomplishments and contributions of American women.”

In 2022, Maya Angelou was the first Black woman to be featured on a U.S. quarter.

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