Women in Ministry
This chapter examines the entry of women into the clergy in the United States. The first ordination of women to the priesthood was conducted by three rebel Episcopal bishops at the Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in July 1974. During the following three decades female ordinations dramatically increased, some of these were highly public events and others were small and quiet, creating an overall sensation of a gradual change. Though there were episodes that stole the headlines, the more gradual and more conventional process of expanding the female ministerial ranks has been the rule.
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