(Solution) Poli 330N Week 5 Assignment: Representation in Congress

Required Resources

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 11, 12
  • Lesson
  • 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.

  1. Reflect on what these patterns say about the nature of representation.
  2. Why do some groups tend to be underrepresented in Congress?
  3. Why do you see a trend in which more women and minorities are being represented?
  4. Do you think the underrepresentation of women and minorities affect Congress’s business?
  5. 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)


Week 5 Assignment: Representation in Congress

In the United States, women account for 51% of the population (Blazina & Desilver, 2021). Still, they are referred to as a minority. This reference is mainly because women account for a significantly less percentage in positions of political power. For years, women have continued to be underrepresented in Congress. The underrepresentation is also lower among women of color. This write-up explores changes in representation in congress and impact of women underrepresentation in Congress.

Recent statistics show that the 117th Congress is the most gender and ethnically diverse congress in American history. Approximately 23% of congress is ethnic or racial minorities (Schaeffer, 2021). Herein, there are 59 African Americans, 46 Hispanics, 17 Asians, and 6 Native Americans. This was a significant increase in comparison to the 116th congress (Schaeffer, 2021). In the preceding congress, there were 56 African American representatives, 43 Hispanics, 17 Asians, and 4 Native Americans (Schaeffer, 2021). Additionally, the percentages of women in Senate and House of Representatives are 24% and 27%, respectively (Blazina &…..Please click the icon below to purchase full answer at only $10