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Women priests overtake men

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Fifty years after the Church of Sweden allowed women to become priests, more women than men are becoming ordained.

The first women were ordained in Sweden fifty years ago this year. Now, significantly more women than men are training to become Church of Sweden pastors. Between 1998 and 2008, 588 women and 331 men have been admitted to training courses for priests. More than one in three Church of Sweden pastors is now a woman, according to Dagens Nyheter.

The first women priests in Sweden were ordained in 1960, two years after the ban on women was lifted. The ordination of Margit Sahlin, Elisabeth Djurle and Ingrid Persson took place amid intense media scrutiny.

It was not until 1971 that Margit Sahlin became the first woman priest in Sweden to be given her own parish. Now, though, the role looks increasingly female-dominated.

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