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.
A total of 351 members of the Synod's three different houses voted in favor of the measure, while 72 voted against and 10 abstained.
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.