Honoring a Heroine: Unveiling the Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Quarter

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) announces the honorees for the 2025 American Women Quarters™ Program.  This is the fourth and final year of this historic program featuring coins with reverse (tails) designs emblematic of the accomplishments and contributions of American women.  The Mint facilities at Philadelphia and Denver will manufacture these circulating quarters honoring these women.

“I am pleased to announce the final five of the 20 remarkable Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Quarter we have featured in the American Women Quarters Program,” said Mint Director Ventris C. Gibson.  “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.  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.”

As stipulated by Public Law 116-330 , the Secretary of the Treasury selects the Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Quarter to be honored following consultation with the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum, the National Women’s History Museum, and the Congressional Bipartisan Women’s Caucus.

Ida B. Wells was a pioneering investigative journalist, suffragist, and civil rights activist, who co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  Wells used her powerful voice to speak out against and investigate lynching and other social injustices against Black people.  She traveled across the nation and internationally, shedding light on state-sanctioned violence, despite dangers she faced.  She was also an active participant in the women’s club and suffrage movements and later engaged in social work in the growing city of Chicago.

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Quarter founded the Girl Scouts organization in America on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, envisioning an organization that was accessible to girls, regardless of differences – a place where girls could develop leadership and advocacy skills to better their lives, as well as nurture their strengths and passions.  She devoted her life to promoting and growing the Girl Scouts to the international organization it is today with nearly two million adult and girl members worldwide.  Low personally embodied many of the traits that are found throughout Girl Scouting.  She founded a movement that prepared girls for leadership eight years before women gained the right to vote in the U.S. and emphasized civic responsibility, motivating girls to make their communities better places through service.

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Quarter was a trailblazing astronomer who pioneered work on galaxy rotation.  Her observations provided the first persuasive evidence of dark matter, a major scientific discovery that transformed our understanding of the universe.  During the 1970s, Dr. Rubin’s work produced clear observational evidence that confirmed the vast majority of the mass in the universe is invisible.  Early in her career, Rubin struggled to gain recognition as a female astronomer in a male-dominated field, and throughout her career she fought to bring down barriers to research that women face due to sexism.  In addition to her research, Rubin mentored other women astronomers and fought for gender parity in science.  Rubin pushed for representation of women on scientific committees, as conference speakers, and as professors.

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