Church of England votes in favor of women bishops Church of England votes in favor of women bishops Associated Press photo by Lynne Cameron -- Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, second right, and unidentified members of the clergy, arrive on Monday for the General Synod meeting, at The University of York, in York England. The Church of England voted to allow women to enter its top ranks as bishops. the Associated Press July 15, 2014 Comments LONDON — The Church of England has voted to allow women to enter its top ranks as bishops. The Church’s national assembly, known as the General Synod, approved the historic measure at its meeting in York in northern England Monday. The measure had the support of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Prime Minister David Cameron. The vote comes two years after similar legislation failed to reach a two-thirds majority among the General Synod’s lay members, despite approval from bishops and clergy. The Church of England is part of the Anglican Communion, which has the largest Christian denomination in Britain and a presence in more than 160 countries.