"Four decades after the first women were ordained in the Anglican Church of Canada, much progress remains to be made, say female priests who profess to have struggled with everything from unequal pay to inappropriate touching by some parishioners. From November 28-December 1 , more than 40 female priests from the Anglican Church of Canada for 'Unmasking the Feminine', a conference marking the 40th anniversary of the ordination of women in the church. For participants, the event seemed an occasion both for celebrating the achievements made in advancing the rights of women and being mindful of the challenges many say yet remain". "Asked what they felt were the continuing challenges for women in the church, some noted that women priests are still being paid less than their male counterparts". "Many parishes in Canada, some participants said, still will not accept women priests". Participants at the gathering included: Canon Judy Rois (Anglican Foundation), Bishop Linda Nicholls (Diocese of Huron), the Rev. Trish McCarthy (Regina, Sask.) and the Rev. Karen Laldin (Manitoba). "Rois is also the co-author of a 2013 study, 'Why is the Stained Glass Window a Stained Glass Ceiling ? Organizational Perspectives on Female Bishops in the Anglican Communion. The study explores how gender bias has worked against female priests becoming bishops. According to Anglican Church of Canada statistics, 406 out of 1,139 active clergy -- 35.5 per cent -- are women; of retired clergy, females number 369 out of 1,750, or 21.1 per cent".