"On 11 November 1992 the Church of England's General Synod finally voted to ordain women as priests. Not since Synod had debated 'The Church and the Bomb' in 1983 had there been so much interest in a Church debate. Because of past disappointments and the wait while the motions passed through its various stages of discussion, the relief and rejoicing were all the more intense. Behind this momentous decision lay a long period of struggle and controversy. Few can be better placed to tell that story than this author of this book. Margaret Webster was one of the founders in 1979 of the Movement for the Ordination of Women and closely involved throughout its campaign. In this very readable and personal account she describes those years leading to the vote, the background, the events, the personalities." -- back cover.
Contents: List of illustrations -- Preface -- Abbreviations -- Hearing good news -- The hidden gallery -- Not bread but a stone -- Learning about campaigning -- The slow-burning fuse -- Family and friends -- Joining hands at Canterbury -- Synod's stately dance -- The moving landscape -- Every vote counts -- Hurling the mountain into the sea -- Changing the Church -- Bibliography -- Appendix: Voting figures 1975-1992 -- Index.
The author "was Executive Secretary of the Movement for the Ordination of Women from 1979 to 1986 and co-ordinated the campaign". -- back cover.