Maryland’s female politicians were shattering glass ceilings decades ago, putting the state in the vanguard of electing women to federal office.
But now, as Hillary Clinton makes history as a major party’s first female presidential candidate, progress has stalled in a place that once led the way in political gender equality, and it appears to be falling behind.
This year, the retirement of U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski has raised the prospect of Maryland sending an all-male delegation to Congress for the first time in 45 years.
“The pipeline, for women, is leaking,” says Connie Morella, a Republican and eight-term former congresswoman.
Fewer Maryland women have...