I grew up with a Catholic background and I remember it took forever for them to actually let a woman administer communion as a minister.
My personal feeling is that politics played a hand in whether or not a woman could lead as the head of anything really.
For awhile women couldnt' even vote and that we can investigate for ourselves.
When someone feels the calling to minister, it is not gender biased. If a man or woman feels the need to head, I feel they should explore the option to do that.