With House and Senate leadership elections over for the coming session, it’s clear there will be no shortage of Y chromosomes among the ranks of Republican leaders.
Out of the 13 leadership positions filled this week, House and Senate Republicans elected just one female (roughly 8 percent), Rep. Cathy McMorris, Washington Republican. McMorris will serve as conference vice chairwoman. All the other spots are filled by men.
Contrast this with hill Democrats, who gave five of their 19 top leadership spots (more than 26 percent), including the House’s most powerful position, to women. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, also named three women and three men to the Steering and Policy Committee.
While most people agree that only the most qualified people should snag these top jobs, history also shows that political jobs are often given to not the most qualified, but to the most politically-savvy. So why does it seem there are relatively few politically-savvy women in the GOP?