History
  


At first women were prohibited from joining Freemasonry maybe because
they were considered "not free-born" which was an essential condition to become a Freemason.

However, the admission of women came to pass … step by step.

In the 17th century, some Freemasons created "adoptive lodges" under the authority and the management of  Men’s lodges and without any autonomy whatsoever. Modesty, discretion, fidelity and chastity were the themes of the "initiation", which was very different from men’s initiation.

At the same time, there was an attempt to create independent Women’s lodges, but without success.



In spite of the musical plea by Mozart’s in "The Magic Flute" (1791) which depicts the joint initiation of a man and a woman, only at the end of the 19th century a mixed gender obedience was created by Georges Martin et Maria Deraismes.

This "Grande Loge Symbolique Ecossaise Mixte de France" which became the "Ordre Maçonnique Mixte International Le Droit Humain" (International Order of Co-Freemasonry, "Le Droit Humain") in 1899 and initiates women along with men.

Eventually, after World War II, a women’s autonomous obedience was created. On October 21st, 1945, the "Union Maçonnique Féminine de France" came into being and held its first General Assembly. Seven years later it chose to be called Grande Loge Féminine de France (Women’s Grand Lodge of France) GLFF.


In 1974 GLFF founds lodges in Belgium to meet the requests of Belgian women: the first in Brussels, then 3 others, in Liège, again in Brussels and Charleroi.

On October,17th ,1981 those 4 lodges formed an autonomous Belgian obedience the Grande Loge Féminine de Belgique - Vrouwengrootloge van België, Womens Grand Lodge of Belgium (GLFB-VGLB).