Popular opinion says,”NO WOMEN IN FREEMASONRY!” Well, that have not always been Masonic Law… Let alone a ‘Ancient Landmark’ (prehistory is considered ancient). Just because we’re born into an ideology, that doesn’t make that ideology true in history. Besides, “No Women!” is not in the Old Constitutions.
(See: York Manuscript No. 4, Operative Masonry, Works of Christine de Pizan and Halliwell Manuscript)
Mystical societies did include the other pole of being a human being. In the 17th century, enlightenment salons provided a place for WOMEN and MEN to investigate important questions while in a patriarchal society. Women were also governors in salons which included Madame du Deffand, Madame Necker, Jeanne Julie Éléonore de Lespinasse to name a few. A woman who went by the name of ‘THE MOST HIGH’ was Hypatia in the 4th century who taught geometry, philosophy, astronomy and metempsychosis. Other women who taught metempsychosis include Pythais and Theano. Another venerable woman was ‘The Light of the World’ Esclarmonde the Great.
In Conclusion, each individual Mason will have to do their own digging to get a peek of history, then formulate their own personal view once they focus their eye on the full puzzle and then the truth shall be!