A series of new quarters will start circulating in January 2022, and the U.S. Mint has already chosen the first two women to appear on the “tails” side (the “heads” side will still depict George Washington). One is astronaut Sally Ride, who became the first American woman in space in June 1983. The other is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author Maya Angelou, who gave voice to institutionally marginalized and silenced Black Americans through her poems, memoirs, and other work.