It is true, I'm not Pentecostal. I'm from that part of the Wesleyan tradition that has had a long history of . . . competitiveness with Pentecostals. - Oh, who am I kidding! Anyone who knows the history of the Holiness Movement and the Pentecostal Movement knows that they did not get along, to say the least. Nevertheless, the two traditions share many things in common, owing to their shared history. And, after many years of . . . difficulties, the academic wings, at least, of the two traditions have shared a number of regular interactions. This is most notably seen in the joint meetings of the Wesleyan Theological Society and the Society for Pentecostal Studies.
I came across an article on this topic from a post on Facebook by theWesleyan Holiness Women Clergy. (Their Facebook page can be found, here.) The article entitled, "Was Paul For or Against Women in Ministry?" was posted in Enrichment Journal. It was written by Craig S. Keener, a professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary.
Given the fact that Wesleyan Anglicanism (i.e., those Wesleyans who embrace Wesley's Anglican liturgical and sacramental side, along with those Anglicans who embrace Wesley's general theological leanings) often find connections with those in the midst of the transition of Anglicanism in America (viz., folks in the ACNA, as well as some of the other "continuing" Anglican groups), and, given the fact that the role of women in (ordained) ministry is a major issue for many within the ACNA, I thought I would post a link to this article. It is also worth posting for those within the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition who, with their "conservative" evangelical emphasis, have sometimes been too influenced by "conservative" evangelicals from outside of our tradition.
Perhaps this article will be helpful to some who have, heretofore rejected women's orders. On the other hand, perhaps it will prove to fail to address other issues of which Pentecostals and Wesleyans are, as yet, unaware. In any case, I hope that the article is insightful. Though I have only skimmed through the article, I am confident that it shows that, at least for the Wesleyan-Holiness & Pentecostal traditions, the commitment to women's orders took place long before the "liberal" women's rights movement, and Wesleyans and Pentecostals looked to (not away from) the Scripture in order to support women in the role of clergy.
The article can be found, here.