I used to think freemasonry was for men only. Just one of those things. Women join the Order of the Eastern Star, men become masons, right?
There are many groups of masons that would shudder at the thought of admitting women. This is their right. A private sorority can vote to keep men out. A private college (like, say Morehouse) can only admit men. No crime there. The crime would be if male schools conspired to keep Knowledge away from women on the whole.
Similarly, there’s no reason why women can’t share in the priceless masonic wisdom that has been passed through the centuries. Conventional lodges should be able to stay all-male if they choose. At the same time, women who are free, well-recommended, and want to improve themselves in masonry should be allowed to if they choose. This system has made so many men truly wiser and stronger over the years, I suspect it would do the same for women, too.
So, I’m cool with the idea of female masonry. Again, I am a first degree Entered Apprentice right now. As I progress in the craft, we’ll see if my stance changes. I don’t think it will, but feel free to check me on it.