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Grand Lodges For Men And Women
There are a few European Grand Lodges which accept both men and women and have been introduced into the United States, but they are not as widely known as the Native American Lodges. They follow authentic Masonic rituals but are not recognised as “regular” by mainstream Freemasonry because they initiate women. They are, however, accepted as being otherwise Masonic.
The main one is The International Order of Freemasonry for Men and Women, Le Droit Humain.
Le Droit Humain, the first Masonic Order to initiate women as fully-fledged Freemasons, originated in France in 1893. It was introduced into America in the early 20th Century. It is however less known because it is less turned towards social action and more towards spiritually perfecting the individual Freemason. The first Droit Humain Lodge to initiate both men and women in the United States was in Pennsylvania in 1903 and the American Federation of Le Droit Humain was formed in 1908. There are currently 17 Lodges active in the U.S.A.
it belongs to the liberal tradition, it does not exclude any social or ethnic
origin, accepts all philosophical opinions and religions, and considers men and
women as Masonic equals. A belief in God or a Supreme Being is not specifically
required, religious convictions being considered as something personal. Quite often there is a book with blank pages on the
altar, and a candidate can choose to attribute to it whatever sacred book he or
she believes in. In Masonic meetings, no discussion on religion or
politics is permitted, in order to avoid dissensions in the group.
On its website, the Droit Humain describes its aims as follows:
“To serve humanity in whatever way we can, as we work together for the liberty, equality and fraternity of all people.”
Individual lodges collect funds throughout the year to donate to local and national charities, although it is not their main activity.
 Louis Goaziou (1864-1937), a newspaper publisher, with a concern for social justice and human rights, was elected as first President. He came to America from France, found work in the Pennsylvania coal mines, became a champion of miner's rights and a union organizer... His humanitarian views were consistent with Masonic principles.
 The American Federation of Droit Humain also raises money for the American branch of SPES International. “Support for Suffering Children”, which supports two orphanages in Togo, one of the poorest countries in West Africa.