The Reverend Claire Wilson, 54, who is among the front-runners for the Preacher of the Year title, decided to move from the capital after she was overlooked for the position of priest in a series of churches.
"I am not bitter, but the Diocese of London is not known for its welcoming attitude towards women," said Mrs Wilson. "In a profession where jobs are scarce for males and females, being female is doubly difficult. I believe there should be some sort of reverse discrimination ... There is a tendency in London to regard women as a problem rather than a resource."