U.S. Mint officials announced that one of three designs representing Sacagawea, the 16-year-old Shoshone girl who acted as a guide and interpreter to Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in 1805, will appear on a new dollar coin. The final three designs were created by Glenna Goodacre, the sculptor who created the Vietnam Women's Memorial.
The first design is a profile shot of Sacagawea, her chin and eyes uplifted. The second design depicts Sacagawea looking over her shoulder and into the faces of observers, carrying her sleeping son on her back. The third design is very similar to the second, except that she is not carrying her son. A 22-year-old Shoshone college student served as Goodacre's model for the designs.
The new U.S. dollar coin will replace the Susan B. Anthony dollar in the Spring of 2000. The Susan B. Anthony dollar was rejected by the public because it too closely resembled the twenty-five-cent quarter. The new dollar will be a golden color and will have a "distinctive edge," to differentiate it from a quarter.
The U.S. Mint is accepting comments on the final designs for both the face and back of the new coin via its Web site, www.usmint.gov/dollarcoin/finalist_home.cfm, up until December 28, 1998. The final coin design will be chosen in January, and the new dollar coins will become available sometime during the spring of 2000.
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .