The General Synod is to be asked to approve plans today which could mean the first female bishop in the Church of England is appointed by the end of the year.
Members of the Church's national assembly will be asked to give approval to halving the time given for consultation about legislation introducing women bishops amongst the 44 dioceses from at least six months to three.
If the fast-track scheme is backed, final approval for legislation introducing women bishops could be given when the General Synod meets in July and come into force by November.
William Fittall, Secretary General of the General Synod, told a briefing last month that under the plan to speed up the long-awaited legislation, it is possible that the first female bishop could be selected by Christmas.
The move comes after the General Synod overwhelmingly backed new proposals at its last meeting to endorse the introduction of women bishops alongside a " declaration'' by the Church of England bishops setting out guidance for those parishes which reject female ministry.
The new package received widespread support across the General Synod from both opponents and supporters of women bishops.
The new set of proposals would include an ombudsman, or independent reviewer, to rule on disputes over arrangements for traditionalists who will not accept the authority of a woman.
Clergy who failed to co-operate with the ombudsman's inquiries could be subject to disciplinary proceedings.
The fresh proposals follow bitter recriminations within the Church of England after the legislation failed by just six votes to get approval at the General Synod in November 2012.
The UK and Ireland's first woman bishop, the Most Rev Pat Storey, was consecrated last November as Bishop of Meath and Kildare, in the Republic of Ireland, at a service in Dublin.
The Church of Ireland's territory includes Northern Ireland as well as the Republic of Ireland, making the Most Rev Storey the first woman ordained as a bishop to serve in one of the Anglican churches serving the UK.