Move over, Betsy Ross, Molly Pitcher, and Clara Barton.
On the heels of the ugly Maya Angelou commemorative quarter, which not only looks nothing like her, but commemorates an anti-capitalist Castro supporter who hated this country, the American Women Quarters Program will feature “the accomplishments and contributions of trailblazing American women” which consist of astronaut Sally Ride, Wilma Mankiller, Nina Otero-Warren, and Anna May Wong.
The most obvious thing here is that this isn’t a selection of trailblazing women. Aside from Sally Ride, the actual accomplishments here are disputed. And I doubt Sally Ride would have made this list if it weren’t reported after her death that she was a lesbian. (It’s not at all clear that Ride wanted this announced, it was publicized after her death.)
The message here, much as with the suppression of J.K. Rowling or the transgender men’s takeover of women’s sports, is that identity politics matters more than women do. And that women will always be at the back of the bus unless they can claim a minority identity.
The minority angle here is weak. Aside from Sally Ride, Nina Otero-Warren is retroactively “Latino” in the postmodern sense of treating people of Spanish descent, no matter how upper class and European, as a minority group. She also ran as a Republican candidate.
I’m not sure that there’s anything important about Anna May Wong. Her story is that of countless Hollywood actresses and without the racial angle really would be nothing extraordinary.
But this selection also foreshadows 5 years of the Left hijacking the U.S. Mint to push its toxic identity politics. How long until we get an Ilhan Omar quarter?