By Aaron Blake
The 110th Congress marks a historic time for women: the House elected the first woman Speaker, there is a record high number of women in Congress, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is a frontrunner for her party’s presidential nomination.
But, as has been the case throughout history, the gains made by female politicians have been almost exclusively on the Democratic side of the aisle.
House Republicans aim to reduce this disparity after a cycle marked by a larger-than-normal dearth of female candidates. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), the new chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), hopes a shift toward recruiting more women will help Republicans chip away at Democrats’ newfound majority in 2008. (more…)