Barbara Harris, first woman ordained bishop in the Anglican Communion and retired bishop of the Episcopal Church. Actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement, Rev. Harris participated in the freedom rides and marches in the 1960s, including the march from Selma to Montgomery led by Dr. King.
There were many hurdles to becoming the first woman bishop in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, including the firm conviction of many sincere and devout clergy and laity that it was not God’s will that women should or could fulfill leadership roles in the church. There were also unfounded questions concerning my qualifications for the office, my political views, and my sexuality."
"I am most proud and thankful for the opportunity to serve with and for the people of God over many years and the strength and ability to do so even well into my eighty-sixth year of life."
Southwritlarge, photograph via Episcopal Church