In 1994, the Church of England ordained its first women priests. The idea was first tentatively floated in 1920. But it took until 1975 for the General Synod to pass a motion saying it had "no fundamental objections" to the ordination of women to the priesthood. But it wasn't until 1985 that women could be lay clergy known as deacons, and it took til the mid 1990's to ordain 33 women priests. The story in New Zealand was vastly different. Jacynthia Murphy is an ordained priest. She talks to Karyn Hay about the patriarchy that wahine still battle even in New Zealand.
11 Mar 2021