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A 685-Year-Old Swiss Institution May Finally Allow Women to Join

  • Former tradesmen’s guild may take first step next year
  • Zunft zur Meisen’s Baroque city palace is in central Zurich
The Zunfthaus zur Meisen in Zurich.
The Zunfthaus zur Meisen in Zurich.Source: Prisma by Dukas/Universal/Getty Images
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A Zurich guild founded in 1336 with a membership roster that includes members of the Swiss elite is considering whether to admit women.

The Zunft zur Meisen, with a Baroque city palace in the heart of Switzerland’s banking hub, may decide at its annual meeting next year to allow women to attend its events as guests, according to a report in the Neue Zuercher Zeitung