In honoring International Women’s Day 2014, Bryan W. Brickner notes a course to constitutional representation for America’s most under-represented faction ~ women. Brickner has a 1997 political science doctorate from Purdue University and is the author of The Promise Keepers (1999), Article the first of the Bill of Rights (2006), and The Book of the Is (2013).
International Women’s Day has been observed for more than a century; the website notes it began in the early 1900s: “a time of expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.”
In We Shall Dream Again: Women’s Day 2014 and Constitutional Representation, new on the Bryan William Brickner Blog, women’s suffrage and subsequent lack of US House representation are discussed; Brickner honors America’s founding by noting the representation ratio in Article I and its importance for We the People in 2016.
“Women won suffrage nearly a hundred years ago,” Brickner offered, “though not representation. Congress stopped adding seats after the census in 1920, something they’d always done before.”
“Coincidental or not,” Brickner continued, “by not adding seats in 1920 (or any decade since), the gains of suffrage have been limited by the lack of constitutional representation: the fact is, we never added new seats in the US House to represent women.”
The US Constitution mandates one Representative for every “thirty Thousand” citizens (Article I, Section 2, Clause 3). Congress first changed the ratio, without amending the Constitution, on 9 April 1792, to 33,000. Today the usurped representation ratio is one Representative for every 720,000 citizens.
“The representation of women in the US House is an issue of justice,” closed Brickner, “it’s the echo energy of a century ago.”
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