History is made as Rev Libby Lane was named The first female bishop to serve in the Church of England.
The church announced that Reverend Libby Lane would become the Bishop of Stockport 20 years after the first female were ordained as Church of England priests.
Women have been able to serve as priests in the Church of England since the early 1990s. But some traditionalists resisted the move to allow them to become bishops, culminating in it being narrowly voted down in 2012 by the General Synod, the three-times-a-year meeting that sets policies for the church.
Libby Lane named First Female Bishop in Church of England
“This is unexpected and very exciting,” she said. “On this historic day as the Church of England announces the first female nominated to be Bishop, I am very conscious of all those who have gone before me, women and men, who for decades have looked forward to this moment. But most of all I am thankful to God.”
She paid tribute to all those who had fought the long and hard campaign for women bishops.
Prime Minister David Cameron congratulated Mrs Lane and said: “This is an historic appointment and an important step forward for the Church towards greater equality in its senior positions”.