Born in Laredo in 1885, journalist and activist Jovita Idár left a career in teaching to write for her father's weekly newspaper, La Crónica. In 1911, when the First Mexican Congress met to address civil rights in Texas, Idár and other women were active participants. These efforts set the tone for the rest of Idár's life and work. As an educated Tejana, she felt duty-bound to promote civil rights—including women's rights—and education. "Educate a woman," Idár often said, "and you educate a family." This month, the U.S. Mint released the Jovita Idár quarter, the ninth coin in the American Women Quarters Program. More»

2023 American Women Quarters Jovita Idár coin. U.S. Mint.