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1956 - Women

60 years ago, in 1956, at the General Conference in Minneapolis, women were granted full clergy rights. Maude Jensen was the first woman to be granted full clergy rights, and 26 more women received full rights that year.  

For Methodist women the dissolution of the final barrier to equality for clergywomen was a next step in the formal recognition of the value, responsibility, and commitment women had contributed to the Methodist church since its inception.

As with other significant mandates and acknowledgements throughout Methodist history, the granting of full clergy rights to women led the way for numerous other initiatives for Methodist women across the globe – including the formation of racial/ethnic clergywomen associations worldwide, signifying the global impact of clergy women outside of the U.S.