Which Nevada woman should grace a new U.S. quarter?

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Anne Martin ran for U.S. Senate in Nevada in 1918 and 1920. (UNLV photo).
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Anne Martin ran for U.S. Senate in Nevada in 1918 and 1920. (UNLV photo).

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.

So who would you put on the quarter? Sarah Winnemucca? Helen Stewart? Maude Frazier? Ruby Duncan?

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.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

2 COMMENTS

  1. What about Dr. Eliza Cook first Pioneer Dr. in Nevada or Eliza Mott first female settler and started the first school in Nevada.

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