An Interview With A Female Freemason: Your Questions Answered

Greetings brethren. Today we have a special piece for you that I am sure you’re going to enjoy reading.

We’ve tracked down a female freemason in the UK and she was kind enough to answer your questions (if you’re on my email list, you would’ve had the chance to suggest some questions too).

One of our most popular blog posts is “Women In Freemasonry: Co-Masonry & More” and yes, it is a very controversial subject.

That is why we decided to do this interview with this young lady (her identity will not be revealed), so you, me and any other individual interested in our Craft can understand this peculiar branch of Freemasonry.

Let’s get into the interview…

PS: Learn more about the “Order Of Female Freemasons” on Wikipedia.

Interview With A Female Freemason

Q: Please introduce yourself

I am a 32 year old female and a member of the Order of Women Freemasons (OWF).

I am currently a student nurse, a wife and mother of three children. I was SD last masonic year but currently a steward whilst finishing my Nursing degree.

Q: What got you interested in freemasonry and how old were you when joined?

I became a MM in 2012 aged 29.

I was first introduced to Freemasonry after my neighbor (female) briefly spoke of her involvement with OWF and made a suggestion about inviting me to join.

I don’t come from a family of Freemasons so this was a very new concept to me. I had heard about Freemasonry but I never realised women could join.

This intrigued me, especially as I am all for equal opportunities and empowering women.

The women of OWF are very passionate about freemasonry and equally very protective of the order, that is why you won’t find an awful lot of information about us.

This was just as apparent when I was accepted for interview, each lady Freemason is true to her word won’t discuss masonic matters until becoming a member.

I love having a sense of belonging, which is what freemasonry gives you, knowing that you have a role to play and people who depend on you is a wonderful feeling.

As a student nurse I see a lot of people in society that don’t have anyone, people don’t have family or close friends to help them in times of need especially in old age.

Being a freemason opens you up to a huge network of people who will be there for you in times of need, or to share happy times together in freemasonry we call this “brotherhood”.

I see older members of the order and look on them with true admiration, I know that to them freemasonry is a huge part of their lives which not just brings them joy but that sense of togetherness we all seek.

I know that when I am older and my social circle becomes smaller, I will always have OWF that will keep me from loneliness and always keep me on the level.

Q: What roles do you think female masonry plays in freemasonry in general?

I do believe having women involved with freemasonry helps keep the interest in freemasonry going.

Obviously the male lodges have been going for a long time and seem to do very well with new members, however times are changing and today’s society are always looking for something new and interesting.

I do find women in freemasonry have an allure that some male lodges don’t have; we are harder to find and more secretive. This seems to intrigue people and ignites a curiosity into freemasonry whether it is a male wanting to join a male lodge of female into OWF.

I do find that women in freemasonry often have husbands or fathers that are masons and this helps keep that sense of belonging not to mention save marriages, women actually know what “off to lodge” means now.

Q: Do you think female masonry will continue to grow and is there many young members involved?

I do think maybe we as an order need to open up more in-terms of social media and start to promote us to more younger audiences.

In my lodge we have young members which have grown up with freemasonry in the families. I think there are plenty of people that would join but with the demands placed on women today to work and have families later in life it doesn’t leave much time for anything else.

As an order we do have lots of lodges over the world and continue to gain new members, I think we will definitely continue to grow.

Q: Does being a member affect you in a positive/negative way on the world? If so, how?

I don’t think being a female in freemasonry has the same level of respect that men get, mainly because we don’t have as many members.

As more women are taking on more responsibility in the workplace and gaining managerial roles this may change the way people view women in freemasonry. However until we are accepted fully I think we have a long way to go before the world recognize us properly as freemasons.

One thing I was warned about when joining was to be vigilant when around male freemasons as a lot of men do not like women in freemasonry. It’s not that they don’t like women, it’s that they don’t like the idea of women being apart of something that has always been male.

I shrugged this off and felt that I would be as open as they are and wear my masonic ring with pride, however my first ever meeting outside of the lodge with a male freemason didn’t go very well.

He introduced himself as a freemason and so did I, this did not go very well as he immediately told me what he thought were home truths.

This encounter frightened me just like many other ladies have mentioned and is often the reason we remain quite low key.

Thankfully the rest of the British male lodges have been amazing and very welcoming with just the odd few older more traditional members that don’t agree with women as members. This does not bother me so much but I would like to see more acceptance.

The main problems I have encountered are from lodges in America, they have never heard of OWF and completely reject the idea of women being apart of it. I’m sure in time this may change as with most things.

Q: Do you think Freemasonry will stand the test of time when there are so much distractions out there?

I think freemasonry will always keep going as long as it adapts to the ever changing society.

It’s important to remain traditional but adapt how that tradition is delivered.

Some use the power of social media to communicate whereas before it may have been by hand written letter, the content is the same but the delivery is adapted.

The most important thing is to ensure the actual meeting of members is done in person and that virtual lodges don’t become the future.

I say this as I often see male members from all over the world discussing masonic matters virtually, this is a great way of meeting new members etc but the allure of freemasonry is lost with such openness.

One thing I have seen which is interesting is the university scheme where a lodge is attached to universities’ and gaining membership this way. OWF does not have this but the male lodges do, I think this is a great idea and one that will stimulate lots of interest from competitive students.

Q: With so many maternal organisations, including Eastern Star, why create a subset of Freemasonry?

I can not answer this question as OWF was created way before I was born, however I can say that OWF is not a branch of freemasonry just for wives, daughters or mothers it is an order of women freemasons.


Leave Your Questions Below

If you have any questions that you would like to ask to our female counterpart, you can leave a comment down below in the comment section.

I must add that all comments will go through moderation before publishing so please be respectful.

We know female freemasonry is a controversial issue but let’s all remember we’re all human beings.

Thank you very much and a HUGE thank you to our interviewee for her time, patience and detailed answers.

SMIB

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32 Comments

  1. If Freemasons want to have their male fraternity and their Lodge meetings and brotherly associations with others they meet along life’s way, so be it. If women wish to have the same thing, they cannot do it by calling themselves “women Freemasons”.

    Until Freemasons actually accept and initiate females into their lodges there will never truly be “female Freemasons”.

    • Hello and thank you for your comments. You are correct in what you have said, unfortunately women do have a long way to go before being accepted. There is such thing as co-freemasonry which is popular in France. I would love to see lodges mixed with both sexes. However until that day we will continue to stand tall and do good.

      Regards

    • Women Freemasons don’t need to mix in lodges like that. All that needs to happen is for UGLE to approve OWF as regular and start combining their admin work side, all pay in to the same place and then promote them as just as valued.
      There’s something to be said for people getting to relax among their own sex once in a while.

    • Curious. What makes male Freemasonry and Co-Masonry different besides the obviousness of female membership?

    • By the very definition of the word, we cannot be recognised – however, we are acknowledged to be by UGLE.

  2. You stated that OWF is more secretive than the male fraternity so may I ask where your meetings take place. Not the locations but in as much as, do you have dedicated premises, or use such things as the upper room in a pub, or rely on a members private house.
    Also if I may ask another question, in what way does OWF differ from Eastern Star.

    Thank you in anticipation

    • Thank you kindly for reading and asking this question. In answer to your question, each lodge does have a dedicated building however these buildings are not easily located and are unmarked unlike male lodges which are easily identified by the S&C. We do share lodges with other male lodges who are more than happy to help, mainly because husbands are members.

      Regarding the Eastern Star, as I am not a member Therefore can not make such a comparison, however I’m sure they do just as much for charity as we do.

      Regards

    • Hello Omar, I think all individuals regardless of gender/sexual orientation are more than capable of becoming a better person and doing good. Thank you.

  3. I belong to a “mixed masonry”, women and men, and I and my brothers, all, have learned a lot about the true fraternity between human beeings.

  4. Really interesting to hear from a woman Freemason. I knew these Lodges existed in England and I would hope that someday we will also have it in the U.S. Great job on the interview.

  5. This is very interesting to me. I have been a Job’s daughter since I was twelve, I have practically been raised by Masons and I would love to receive some information on the OWF. Are there lodges in Asia? Sending my warm regards.

  6. This is a very interesting topic. Keep in mind though that There are other Grand Lodges different to the UGLE that are not regularly recognized by UGLE and in turn do not recognize the UGLE. Different obedience but same teachings at the craft levels. By laws may differ from region, country and jurisdiction but there are Masonic organizations with all female, male/female members based on their Charter.
    An example little off topic but making a valid point …. I study japanese shotokan karate, which is the style of karate one style of over 6 all rooting in japan now spread worldwide, as i am from the caribbean region. When a karateka is in a bout with another karateka he or she may feel at home but a true martial artist does not limit hsi or herself to just a style, a mixed martial artist could easily defeat a karateka only experienced with karate styles.
    So with masonry many Leaves and branches but all lead back to the same roots. Masonry is very ancient …Ancient to what is known as modern society, so in my opinion and mine solely the term “regular” is relative to the grand lodge one belongs to. so yes i would and do accept a female mason.

  7. what is the difference between what the Frremason Lady does and other lady Organizations Like the Daughters of the nile and Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America?

  8. PS. Every black & white female Masonic photo or Pathe clip on here is NOT our Order. Moreover, the other female Order which split from us in the last century.

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