The Illuminati (which means "enlightened ones") was a secret society. Adam Weishaupt, a philosopher and lawyer, created it in 1776. In 1785, it was outlawed in Bavaria, and ceased to exist. Originally, they opposed superstition, prejudice, religious influence over public life, and abuses of state power. They supported women's education and gender equality. Some people think that the Illuminati have infiltrated and secretly control all major banks, governments, and music and movie stars, but there is no evidence that they still exist.
- Osman, Kafi. "Illuminati, A History".