This Happened — September 24: Barbara C Harris Becomes First Female Episcopal Bishop
On this day in 1988, Barbara C Harris of Mass became the first woman to be elected as an Episcopal bishop.
What was Barbara C. Harris' background before becoming a bishop?
Before becoming a bishop, Barbara C. Harris had a diverse background. She was born in Philadelphia and had a challenging upbringing. She worked as a secretary and later entered the corporate world as an executive secretary and recruiter.
Which diocese did Barbara C. Harris serve as bishop?
Barbara C. Harris served as the Suffragan Bishop of Massachusetts in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. Her consecration as bishop was a groundbreaking moment not only for her diocese but also for the broader Episcopal Church.
What was the significance of Barbara C. Harris's ordination as a bishop?
Barbara C. Harris's ordination was a significant milestone for the Episcopal Church and the wider Christian community. It marked a turning point in the acceptance of women in leadership roles within the church hierarchy and challenged traditional gender norms in religious leadership. Harris faced various challenges and resistance from those who opposed the ordination of women as bishops.
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