Maya Angelou will be honor on a U.S. quarter. (304570)
Maya Angelou will be honor on a U.S. quarter. Credit: U.S. Mint

The U.S. Mint is honoring 20 trailblazing women on a new series of quarters, starting with Maya Angelou and Dr. Sally Ride, reports People.

The poet and the NASA astronaut will be the first two women featured on the back of the coins, which are debuting in January and will continue in circulation through 2025 as part of the American Women Quarters Program.

U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee said that “for too long, many of the women who have contributed to our country’s history have gone unrecognized, especially women of color.”

She added that Angelou and Ride “paved the way for many who came after them and inspired young women to carry on their legacy.”