Perth woman Kay Goldsworthy to be Australia’s first female archbishop

A TRAILBLAZER for three decades, Bishop Kay Goldsworthy is accustomed to “firsts” and smashing through the “stained glass ceiling”.

She was among the first group of women to be ordained as priests in Australia in 1992. Then in 2008, she became the nation’s first female bishop.

On Saturday February 10, she will break another barrier in her church when she takes her place as Australia’s first female archbishop.

Amid the global #MeToo movement, the ongoing battle for gender equality and the campaign against domestic violence, Bishop Goldsworthy said it was important to have as many women as possible in positions of leadership to be “beacons” for others.

Bishop Goldsworthy knows an immediate challenge for her will be the diocese’s response to the Royal Commission recommendations and working with other churches and institutions and the Commonwealth on a proposed national redress scheme for victims.


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