Career aspirations of women priests in the Church of England

Women priests in the Church of England are willing to take up a senior ministerial post in the future, including in the episcopal ministry, if the opportunity arises. However, they appear much less likely to respond to an open advertisement than to a personal approach.

These are the main findings in an article which appeared in the Church Times for 15 January, written by Rev Dr Jane Hedges (Canon Steward of Westminster Abbey) and entitled ‘A little encouragement is all it will take’.

The article is based upon a self-completion postal questionnaire sent by Dr Hedges, at the end of 2008, to 1,600 women priests on the Church Commissioners’ payroll, of whom just over two-thirds replied.

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