So who still has that fold out map with all the state quarters?
State quarters were fun. Nevada’s has three mustangs (the horses, nor the Fords).
Now, with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification coming up next year, legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to create a new series of quarters honoring women.
The legislation has bipartisan co-sponsors: Nevada Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Nebraska Republican Sen. Deb Fischer. A companion bill in the House is co-sponsored by California Democrat Barbara Lee and Ohio Republican Anthony Gonzales.
The bill would create a series of coins featuring women from each state, territory and the District of Columbia, and states would help choose which women to put on their quarter.
“Women have played an essential role in shaping our country and fighting to make it a better, fairer place for all Americans,” Cortez Masto said in a statement announcing the legislation. “While Nevada made history this year by being the first state in the country to elect the first female-majority legislature, it’s clear that the contributions of women to our history are often overlooked. This legislation would ensure generations of Americans learn about the unsung pioneers who blazed a trail forward for women and girls in the Silver State and across the country.”
Although the 19th Amendment wasn’t approved until 1920, women’s suffrage was approved in the state of Nevada in 1914. That was actually late for the West, where women in Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and Colorado could all vote in the 19th century.
Since the idea is to time the quarters with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage being recognized in the U.S. Constitution, perhaps an early favorite should be Anne Martin. A suffragette, she ran for U.S. Senate in Nevada in 1918 and 1920.
All things being equal, the first Latina to serve in the U.S. Senate would be a serious choice for consideration. But in this instance, probably not.