May 9, 1930
On May 9, 1930, the New York Times ran an article: "Whether women shall be allowed to fill the pulpits of Presbyterian churches or to act as elders will be one of the important questions considered at the 132d annual meeting of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, beginning here May 20."
Lillian Herrick Chapman (right) had been licensed to preach in 1917 in the Presbyterian Church (USA), but the Synod of New York had overturned her licensing in 1919.
A successful vote by the PC(USA) to allow women as elders would wait an additional decade with Sarah E. Dickson (right) becoming the first woman elder on June 6, 1930. The first women ordained woman minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) would be Margaret E. Towner in 1956.