As for paper money, Martha Washington’s portrait was featured on the one silver dollar note in the 1880s and 90s. Before this, Pocahontas was featured within a painting of her baptism—which is believed to have occurred while she was being held hostage by colonists—on the twenty-dollar bill in the 1860s. A woman named Lucy Pickens, an ardent supporter of slavery, was featured on several bills minted by the Confederacy.
The public has been invited to suggest women who deserve to be included in this first round of five commemorative quarters. The women must have been accomplished, have contributed significantly to the United States, and the committee is specifically seeking to “honor women from ethnically, racially, and geographically diverse backgrounds.”