One of the nation's oldest bastions of maleness, the Cosmos Club, voted Saturday to end its century-old tradition of banning women from membership in the prestigious organization.

By an almost unanimous stand-up vote, the members decided to allow women to join the club as members. Results of the vote were announced at the club's first news conference in its 110-year history.In noting the fact that the club has never made a formal public statement, club president Tedson Meyers said, "That makes this press conference our second break with tradition in a single afternoon."

Meyers said the decision to admit women as members followed a series of forums over the past six weeks that allowed members to review the issue.

Four women have already been nominated to club membership but Meyers declined to identify them.