Update the Exclusive Use of "He" When Referring to the President in the US Constitution

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The US Constitution uses the pronoun “he” when referring to the president of the United States. Considering the Constitution was ratified in 1787 and women could not vote back then, it makes sense “she” or "they" were not used.

However, it is 2020 now. We have several women candidates running in this election, several who have run in the past, and one who won the popular vote. It is time for our country’s highest legal authority to acknowledge a woman’s ability to become president.

By signing this petition, you will help me pique the interest of my local congressman, David Cicilline, to have him bring the issue before the House of Representatives.

 

 

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Isn't it hard to amend the US Constitution?

A two-thirds majority vote is needed in both the House of Representatives and Senate, and three-fourths of the states' legislatures must approve. Since the President does not have a constitutional role in the amendment process, the joint resolution does not go to the White House for signature or approval. 

How many times has the US Constitution been amended?

Twenty-seven. 

A woman can still be president without the amendment. Isn't this just semantics?                    

Yes, she can. But no, this is not semantics considering there is a history of gender inequality in this country, particularly when it comes to politics.

Why did you start the petition?

Young girls must be really confused when they see women candidates running, but when they take their 6th grade government class, they see the Constitution only refers to the president as "he." When they ask why, the teacher will probably explain that women's rights were different then and women could not even vote when the Constitution was ratified. I imagine the next question out of one of their mouths would be, well, why hasn't it been changed?

Yes, a woman can still be president (like Elizabeth Warren, Nikki Haley) without the amendment, but I think that little girl is going to learn something that day: that on some level, she's not good enough. Albeit implicit, but those small implicit lessons do add up over the course of a childhood. I would like to help change that.

Do I have to be over 18 and a US citizen to sign? 

No, you do not have to be either to sign.

Will this really work?

Yes! The more signatures the petition gets, the more publicity it will. Please do not just like the post, sign the petition!

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