In a move that some critics will no doubt see as political pandering, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hailed a new quarter for being the “first” coin of its kind to feature a woman.
Yet, as Washington Examiner contributor Luke Gentile recently pointed out, Clinton didn’t bother to check her facts.
Clinton was referring to a quarter set to be released this year bearing the image of Maya Angelou, an award-winning African American poet who passed away in 2013.
“It’s about time”
The former secretary of state tweeted Wednesday that “2022 is the first year women’s faces will appear on U.S. quarters,” adding, “It’s about time.”
In her tweet, Clinton included a link to an article from 19th News that explained that the new coin is due to efforts by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA).
“I wanted to make sure that women would be honored, and their images and names be lifted up on our coins,” the radical Democratic lawmaker said.
“I mean, it’s outrageous that we haven’t,” Lee said. “Hopefully the public really delves into who these women were, because these women have made such a contribution to our country in so many ways.”
The article noted that the coin featuring Angelou is scheduled to enter general circulation in February. Meanwhile, a quarter has been approved to honor female NASA astronaut Dr. Sally Ride.
Lee explained, “In circulation means if you go to purchase whatever in the grocery store … the chances are you may get a quarter with Dr. Maya Angelou or Dr. Sally Ride.”
Not the only one
However, the Examiner pointed out that both the 19th News piece and Clinton’s tweet citing it both misstated an important fact, as this is actually not the first time women have been featured on American quarters.
The U.S. Mint’s official website shows that Queen Isabella of Spain was featured on a commemorative quarter back in 1893.
More recently, a quarter was issued in 2003 depicting Helen Keller, a woman who rose to become a celebrated author and activist despite losing both her sight and hearing during infancy.