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Why does Freemasonry not admit women?

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Why does Freemasonry not admit women?

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Richard Holt

Actually, Freemasonry does admit women and has for at least 200 years.  The idea that a majority of the world only recognizes male only bodies as "regular" is true only in the United States.  Grand Lodges and Grand Orients have entered into fraternal relations with female and mixed gender bodies for quite some time throughout the world.  

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The fraternity has, with an unwritten rule, remained a principally all male fraternity. At times, women have been admitted, for a variety of reasons. There are bodies comprised of mixed gender, and singular gender that have varying degrees of recognition to one another. Through most of the world, the predominate body of masonry is referred to as “Regular” which is essentially a collective of Grand Lodges who have reached a mutual agreement of recognition between one another. Within in this agreement, there is a stipulation that “Regular Freemasonry” is a masculine only body. It is suggested that this is the case, based on ancient documents held sacred by this collective of Grand Lodges. This does not mean that Masonry is something women cannot understand, nor does it mean that women should be excluded from it. In a modern perspective, the exclusion of women is a vestige from a bygone era that has not yet been fully addressed in the future, and like the issues from past generations will

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