As the Star Wars franchise moves forward, it should only be a matter of time before they make good on their recent comments. These are some of the biggest films currently being made and it would be foolish for them not to use their status to continue and push an environment and process that gives equel opportunity to all. Disney has pushed this across the board by bringing Ava DuVernay into the family for A Wrinkle In Time, Ryan Coogler for Black Panther, and continue to search for a female director for Captain Marvel. In fact, they could very well be meeting with Captain Marvel contenders for future Star Wars projects as well.
Kennedy is not wrong in wanting to make sure whatever director they choose is capable of handling the pressures that come with a major franchise, but giving them the opportunity to succeed is equally important. Both Gareth Edwards (Rogue One) and Colin Trevorrow (Episode IX) were not heavily experienced before tackling this franchise, but each showed that they were capable of the task in both indie films and larger ones as well. They will likely look at a similar track for all directors they consider, which should lead to female directors boarding the franchise in the near future.