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Posted: 10 May 2019 01:40 PM   [ Ignore ]  
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I would like to inquire about female masons and why have there been no more females accepted into the masonic order as actual members? Thoughts or facts appreciated.

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Posted: 10 May 2019 09:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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williamaltonbeals - 10 May 2019 01:40 PM

I would like to inquire about female masons and why have there been no more females accepted into the masonic order as actual members? Thoughts or facts appreciated.

Our order is a Fraternity which is by definition exclusively Male. I would not have been welcome to join a sorority in college.

There are three qualifications that everyone who wishes to petition a lodge must satisfy: he must be a man, he must have a good reputation, he must believe in a Supreme Being.  These rules have guided us from the beginning and cannot be changed.

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Posted: 11 May 2019 03:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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williamaltonbeals - 10 May 2019 01:40 PM

I would like to inquire about female masons and why have there been no more females accepted into the masonic order as actual members? Thoughts or facts appreciated.

Because I am a member of the Antient Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons. “Freemasons” is a contraction of that title.

However, it is worth noting that here in England there exist 2 further Orders known respectively as the Order of Women Freemasons and the Honorable Fraternity of Antient Masons whose memberships consists purely of women.

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Posted: 11 May 2019 04:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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Only after reading of Elizabeth St. Leger was I eager to ask about more females entering. After reading of her and her accomplishments I was only curious as to how it could have influenced the lodges decision to or not to allow more women. Just felt like a really interesting conversation piece to ask about in this day and age.

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Posted: 11 May 2019 10:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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In the US, Freemasonry is comprised of only men and not likely to change any time soon.  There are Masonic related groups for the ladies, but the “main” group is based on ancient charges, one of which is that you must be male to join.

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Posted: 12 May 2019 08:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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Technically speaking, it comes down to how liberal the obedience that you joined is.  The original Scottish Freemasons were only for men, the French started a the first liberal obedience which accepted women in 1740, and in France today they also have a woman only obedience.

The various obediences don’t recognise each other, in general.

Recently there was a “call of bratislava”, a kind of effort to get the different obediences to start interracting… 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Freemasonry_in_France - 1740
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women’s_Grand_Lodge_Of_France - all female obedience
http://www.call-of-bratislava.com/en/the-call-of-bratislava.html

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Posted: 12 May 2019 12:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]  
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.. and would I be correct in thinking that

a) you are the author of this so-call ‘call’? and
b) that your reason for joining this forum is to promote it and try to get some support?

BTW - The Julian Rees mentioned on one of the pages resigned from the Craft under Rule 183A of the UGLE Book of Constitutions; if therefore you are the author, please ensure that you remove any suggestion from your site implying that he is still a member - at the moment, the site states he is still a member and that’s untrue.

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