A Republican woman has never been House majority leader. That's sadly not going to change soon.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
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With Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers dropping her bid for House majority leader on Monday, the GOP's leadership seems assured to go without a woman filling a top spot for awhile longer. In fact, McMorris Rodgers is already the farthest advanced woman ever among Republican leaders, holding a number four position as the House Republican Conference chair.

Even while more Republican women than ever before serve in Congress — 23 in the House and six in the Senate — Politico reports that there is no indication one of them will be assuming a top role in the future. In fact, most of them can't even get a committee chairmanship:

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