In Article II of the US Constitution, which lays out the qualifications and job of the President, the pronouns referring to the president are exclusively masculine. This choice of pronouns is outdated and does not represent American politics in 2020. We propose a petition to change the presidential pronouns in the Constitution to ‘they/them’ to accomodate all gender identities of future presidents and presidential candidates.
Article II (Executive), Section 1, par. 7, 8:
" The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them.
Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:—“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” "
When the United States Constitution was written in 1787, the Founding Fathers did not consider that anyone other than a man could be involved in politics, especially not in the role of president. We have now, in 2020, had several non-male candidates, as it has been generally agreed upon that a woman may become president. However, if the Constitution does not linguistically support them becoming president, some might never run. In the 244 years the United States has been a country there have been no female presidents. Could this be because they have never seen their pronouns in the Constitution?
Some people might question the change to ‘they/them’ because in the past it has been perceived as a plural pronoun. However, Merriam Webster has officially announced that ‘they/them’ can be used as a singular pronoun as well as plural. Merriam Webster also made the singular ‘they’ their 2019 word of the year. Here are two links for further reading:
By signing this petition you can help us get the attention of our legislative branch, who could in turn promote and draw awareness to the issue. Every signature counts toward making a change.