The story of the ordination of the Reverend Betty Bone Schiess—one of the first women priests in the Episcopal church.
“On the hottest day of July, 1974, eleven of us were ordained as the first women priests in the Episcopal Church. We were setting in motion a new feminist reformation which would change forever the way church and society viewed and treated women—or so we thought.'”—from the Preface
Reverend Betty Bone Schiess’ engagingly written memoir is a valuable contribution to the scholarship of religious study as well as to feminist study and to legal scholarship, particularly on equal rights issues. Schiess draws parallels throughout her work to earlier efforts of the suffragettes and abolitionists of Seneca Falls.
Betty Bone Schiess was a chaplain at Syracuse and Cornell Universities as well as the rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Mexico, New York, from 1984 to 1989.