The Church of England voted to allow women bishops Monday, and American Episcopalians feel like trailblazers. In 1989, the diocese of Massachusetts was the first in the history of the worldwide Anglican communion to ordain a woman bishop.
In an historic move, the Church of England voted Monday to allow women to become bishops. The Church approved female priests in 1992. Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg called the vote a "long overdue step towards gender equality."
Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams said the vote against female bishops was 'not intelligible' to the British or global public. The proposal was passed by the bishops and priests, but not by the Church of England's laity.