The Hill: "GOP struggles to find women to lead House committees."
Rep. Virginia Foxx (N.C.) is the only Republican woman in the House officially in the running to chair a committee, underlining how the GOP has made little progress in diversifying its slate of committee leaders.I love this explanation for why the GOP is having such a rough time finding people who aren't white men to fill leadership roles: "The main obstacle in promoting more women to leadership roles is that there are simply fewer to choose from, particularly in the House GOP conference."
The only woman currently atop a House panel, Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.), is retiring, meaning House GOP leaders are under pressure to elevate at least one other female lawmaker to ensure their committee chairmen roster isn't entirely all-white and all-male.
...By comparison, seven committee chairmen during the first term of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) tenure as Speaker from 2007 to 2009 were women or people of color.
Nearly a decade later, 12 of the 21 committees' ranking Democrats are female or racial minorities.
That's actually not "the main obstacle." It's a symptom of the main obstacle, which is that the Republican Party is grossly hostile to marginalized people, which is a strong disincentive for most marginalized people in joining the Republican Party.