This ninth issue in the American Women Quarter program honors Jovita Idar, a Mexican-American journalist, activist, teacher, and suffragist. Born in 1885 in Laredo, Texas, she was the daughter of a newspaper editor and a civil rights advocate. Having been exposed to journalism and political activism at a very young age she eventually devoted her life to fighting against separatist ideologies and sought to create a better future for Mexican-Americans.
Her ideas and practices concerning civil rights and education were ahead of her time. In 1911, she joined the First Mexicanist Congress in Laredo and organized Mexican-American activists. She and other women formed La Liga Femenil Mexicanista, or the League of Mexican Women, a political and charitable organization that sought to empower Mexican-American women. Idar was chosen as its first president.
Jovita Idar died in 1946, having spent her life on the front lines of change as she advocated fiercely for the rights of women and Mexican-Americans. The coin's obverse features an updated bust of George Washington. Philadelphia and Denver pair in Brilliant Uncirculated quality.