Reverend Libby Lane, 48, has been named as the first female bishop in the Church of England on Wednesday.
According to a Sky news report, she welcomed her appointment as a “historic day”, saying it was not just a “gesture”.
The church announced the Reverend Libby Lane would become the Bishop of Stockport 20 years after the first women were ordained as Church of England priests.
It ends 40 years of wrangling within the church and comes four weeks after it finally enacted the changes to canon law necessary to allow the appointment.
In her first speech after the announcement, the new Bishop of Stockport led a silence and prayer for the victims of the Pakistan school massacre.
Speaking in Stockport Town Hall, she said it was an “unexpected joy”, a “great honour” and a “historic day” for the Church of England.
“This moment is significant, but it is not simply a gesture. I’m the first, but I won’t be the only,” she said.
Mrs Lane paid tribute to all those who had fought the long and hard campaign for women bishops.
Reverend Lane was ordained a priest in 1994 and served as vicar of St Peter’s Hale, Greater Manchester, for the last eight years.
She will be consecrated at a ceremony at York Minster on 26 January.