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Legislation for a 19th Amendment centennial quarter from each state
To recognize the women’s suffrage campaigns that were conducted in each state, a bipartisan bill has been introduced in the U.S. Congress to direct the Treasury Secretary to establish a quarter program featuring a prominent woman from each state. Please ask your Representative today to support H.R.1923. Below is a “Dear Colleague” letter you can use or put your request in your own words. To find your district’s Representative, click here. Thank you.
I am writing to encourage you to become a cosponsor of bipartisan bill H.R. 1923, the Women's History and 19th Amendment Centennial Quarter Dollar Coin Program Act. This legislation would direct the Treasury Secretary to establish a quarter program featuring a prominent woman from each state, territory, and the District of Columbia starting in 2021 at the conclusion of the current quarter coin program. Since Utah was the first place where an American woman voted under equal suffrage laws - on February 14, 1870 - we should lead out in the effort to support this bill.
Since our nation's founding, women have played an instrumental role in shaping this country, yet these sacrifices and accomplishments have often gone unrecognized. By uplifting and showcasing these amazing women on our currency, Americans will have an opportunity to learn more about the unsung pioneers who built our nation and celebrate their accomplishments.
Under this bill, the governor or executive of each state or territory would submit a design to the Secretary in consultation with various stakeholders including local groups in each state. Starting in 2021, five designs would be released into circulation each year until all the states, territories, and the District of Columbia are featured.
This quarter program coincides with the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment by directing the Mint to reveal the first 5 designs during August 2020, 100 years to the month of the ratification.
We hope you will join us in this important effort by cosponsoring this bill.