Read/review the following resources for this activity:
- Textbook: Chapter 11, 12
- Minimum of 2 scholarly sources in addition to the textbook.
Research the proportion of women, African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans and openly gay or lesbian members of Congress.
- Reflect on what these patterns say about the nature of representation.
- Why do some groups tend to be underrepresented in Congress?
- Why do you see a trend in which more women and minorities are being represented?
- Do you think the underrepresentation of women and minorities affect Congress’s business?
- How might we as a people address this situation and strive towards equal representation? Make sure to cite sources used.
Writing Requirements (APA format)
- Length: 1.5-2 pages (not including title page or references page)
- 1-inch margins
- Double spaced
- 12-point Times New Roman font
- Title page
- References page (minimum of 2 scholarly sources in addition to textbook if cited.
Representation in congress
The rate of representation for women, African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and openly gay or lesbian members within the congress indicate differing figures. Across the board, there has been an increase in representation. For instance, women represent a quarter of the total membership in congress which is also the highest percentage in the history of the U.S (Minta, 2020). Additionally, 124 members in the 117th congress are non-white which includes African Americans, Native, Hispanic and Asian Americans. In comparison with the 107th congress of 2001-2003, it indicates a 97% increase. Nonetheless, the numbers are still marginal in comparison to the total population of the country.
Therefore, underrepresentation in congress may be a result of various reasons. One of such reasons is a high level of discrimination. Despite evolution into a modern 21st century, discrimination is still ripe within our communities. This may include racial discrimination which manifests through systemic inequality. Further……Kindly click the icon below to purchase the full sample at only $10