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    This step will contribute to the promotion of women's rights and give women an opportunity to take senior religious positions.

    MOSCOW, December 17 (Sputnik) – The Church of England has named the first female bishop, putting an end to religious male leadership and furthering the promotion of female priests, according to the Guardian.

    "It is a remarkable day for me and a historic day for the church. Excited and a little daunted to be entrusted with such a ministry,” said Libby Lane, who is going to become the new Bishop of Stockport, a town located in Great Manchester, England.

    The new appointment comes 20 years after the first women were ordained as Church of England priests in 1994, according to BBC.  It is expected to end the era of male leadership and give women an opportunity to take senior religious positions.

    Libby Lane served as deacon in 1993 and a priest in 1994. Since 2010 she also held the position of Dean of Women in Ministry for the diocese of Cheshire.

    The Church of England approved the new legislation in November 2014, what was then considered a serious step towards promoting women's rights and changing the religious culture of the country. However, England’s society remains divided into Anglicans who are ready to accept the new initiative and traditionalists who consider such changes incompatible with their faith, according to BBC.

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