Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Episcopal bishop honored as female pioneer

From Iowa-

A group pushing to expand the number of women elected to political office in Iowa has honored a woman who’s been elected to a top religious office. The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori is the first woman to be elected the presiding bishop of the worldwide Episcopal Church.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be able to assist in this kind of initiative,” she said during a news conference late Tuesday afternoon in Des Moines.

Jefferts Schori received the 2013 “Equity for Women” award from the Iowa-based “50-50 in 2020″ group pushing to get women elected in Iowa. Former State Senator Maggie Tinsman of Bettendorf is a leader of the 50-50 in 2020 group and Tinsman told reporters Jefferts Schori was chosen because she’s shown a woman can be successful in a male-dominated profession.

“I mean, she had to be elected as a priest. She had to be elected as a bishop. She had to be elected as a presiding bishop,” Tinsman said. “That’s politics.”

Schori, who is 59, started her professional life as an oceanographer.

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