According to government archives, today is the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the US constitution, allowing women the right to vote.
Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment guarantees all American women the right to vote.
The timeline on the Episcopal Church website marks the following milestones for women in the life and governance of the Episcopal Church.
1970: The first authorized women members join the House of Deputies.
1974: The first eleven women are ordained to priesthood in an “irregular” service in Philadelphia.
1976: General Convention approves the ordination of women, and “regularizes” 1974-75 ordinations. First reading on new Prayer Book.
1989: Barbara Harris is consecrated the first woman bishop in the Anglican Communion(link is external).
2006: Katharine Jefferts Schori of Nevada is elected the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church for a 9-year term. She is the first and only woman to be a churchwide leader in the Anglican Communion.
What are you celebrating today?