Women in Leadership
Women were first ordained as priests in the Church of England in 1994, some years after that happened elsewhere in the Anglican Church; the first woman bishop was not consecrated in England until 2015. This chapter looks at gender roles in society at large in the period leading up to and including the time of the Church Times surveys before describing briefly the way in which women’s ordination has progressed in the Church of England. The 2001 Church Times survey fell at the midpoint between the ordination of women as priests and the ordination of women as bishops. By the time of the 2013 survey, there had been a move towards greater acceptance of both women priests and women bishops across all three church traditions. This was most apparent among those born before the 1960s, so that by 2013 there was less difference between older and younger people in the sample. The outstanding exception was for younger Evangelical men born after the 1960s who seemed, if anything, to be less accepting of women’s ministry in 2013 than they had been in 2001.
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