Women bishops: Church of England general synod to vote
20 November 2012 Last updated at 16:16 GMT
The Church of England's governing general synod is due to vote on whether to allow women to become bishops.
A plan paving the way for consecrations from 2014 is expected to be backed by bishops and clergy but the vote among lay members could be much closer.
Twenty years after the introduction of women priests, the issue continues to split traditionalists and liberals, as Emily Buchanan reports.