The country where mixed Freemasonry started in the late 19th century. Nowadays France has the following orders:


Le Droit Humain
, originates in France, it currently has 670 lodges and some 17.000 members in France alone.

(Member of Clipsas)

Grand Orient de France was founded in 1773. About a century later they got issues with “regular” Grand Lodges when the GOdF dropped the requirement for the belief in something Divine. The GOdF lost its regularity, but not its popularity. What is less known, is that in 2010 the GOdF decided to allow lodges to initiate women. Since then quite a few lodges have voted for this possibility, but not a whole lot initiated any women. According to the GOdF 1.319 women were initiated in 2013. That is not a whole lot against 49.000 members, but on a positive side, there are no less than 1.200 lodges that possibly initiate women.

(Member of Clipsas)

Grande Loge Mixte de France
, mixed order, founded in 1982, 188 lodges, 3.800 members;

(Member of Clipsas)

Grande Loge Mixte Universelle
 (GLMF), mixed order, founded in 1973, about 1.400 members;

(Member of Clipsas?)


Orde Initiatique et Traditionelle de l’Art Royal
; mixed order, founded in 1974, 50 lodges;

(Member of Clipsas)

Grande Loge Indépendante et Souveraine des Rites Unis was founded in 1968 and works with three different Rites. The website does not same to say how many lodges there are.

Grande Loge des Cultures et de la Spiritualité
 a mixed gender order, founded in 2003 with 15 lodges in France, 3 in Poland, 1 in Lithuania and 1 in Israel.

(member of Clipsas)

Groupement Maçonnique De Loges Mixtes et Indépendantes has 13 lodges.

Grande Loge Française Mixte du Rite du Joseph Cernau has 8 lodges in France (2 in Paris, Salon de Provence, Arles, Melun, Lyon, Antibes and Blois).

Gran Logia Simbólica Española
 Clipsas list the French federation of this Grand Lodge as a member, but I have found only one lodge in France “R.·.L.·. FRANÇOIS ARAGÓ Nº 42” in Perpignan.

Gran Orient de Catalunya

is an international mixed gender order with 7 lodges in Spain, 6 in France (2 in Perpignan, 2 in Borgo, 1 in Bastia and 1 in Porto Vecchio) and a lodge in Stockholm, Sweden. The lodges work “Scottish” and “French”.

(Member of Clipsas)

Memphis-Misraim is a bit of a tricky subject for me. It is not one organisation. Actually, MM is a maze of itself. I aim to list organisations that have lodges that allow women to join, since not all MM lodges do. Rite of Memphis-Misraïm is a combination of the Rite of Misraïm that was founded by Cagliostro in 1738 and the Rite of Memphis that was founded by Jacques Etienne Marconis de Nègre in 1838. In 1889 General Garibaldi combined the two the Rite of Memphis-Misraïm.

Nowadays there are different organisations working in a variety of rites and I usually don’t know how these different organisations relate to each other and other organisations.

Loge Horakhti is a lodge in France working in the MM rite, admitting both men and women and claiming to have friendly relations with lodges in different countries.

The International Sovereign Sanctuary — International Coordination of The Ancient and Primitive Rite of Memphis-Misraïm is a larger MM organisation which claims to be working in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Spain, France, Martinique, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Uruguay, USA, England, Venezuela.

The website does not say that members have to be master Masons in another lodge, so it does not appear to be a system of side/higher degrees. On the other hand, the website does not say anything about the “blue” grades of Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason, so I am not 100% sure.
What the website also does not state specifically, is that Memphis-Misraïm lodges are mixed. It does say however under “conditions for admission” that: “You must have been questioned by several Brothers or sisters” (my emphasis). Cagliostro wanted to admit women, so it sounds like this tradition is still followed.

Grande Loge Francaise de Memphis-Misraïm is another Memphis-Misraïm order (see above) with 9 lodges in France (8 mixed, 1 men-only), Switzerland (men-only), 2 on Réunion (one mixed, one men-only) and 1 on Guadaloupe (mixed).

Grand Loge Féminine de Memphis Misraïm
, women only, founded in 1965, 50 lodges, 1.000 members.

(Member of Clipsas)

There is also a “Ordre International du Rite Ancien et Primitif de Memphis-Misraïm
Voie masculine, voie féminine, voie mixte“. I am not sure if it is either of the M-M’s mentioned above.

Grande Lodge Féminine de France
 (GLFF), women-only, founded in 1952, 400 lodges and about 14.000 members;

(Member of Climaf)

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