FEMINISM AND SECULARISM.
Given the role religion has played in the repression of women, they would seem to be natural allies, and, indeed, many feminists have been outspoken and influential secularists. However, the relationship between secularism and women’s issues remains largely unexamined.
Join us on May 18-20, 2012, for the “Women in Secularism” conference, sponsored by the Center for Inquiry. This historic conference will discuss and celebrate the many contributions women have made to the secular movement, while critically examining both the successes and failures of secularism in addressing women’s concerns.
Lauren Becker, educator and organizer, vice president & director of CFI Outreach
Ophelia Benson, author, editor, and commentator, Butterflies & Wheels
Jamila Bey, author, editor, and journalist
Greta Christina, writer and blogger, Greta Christina’s Blog
Elisabeth Cornwell, evolutionary psychologist, executive director of Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science
Margaret Downey, activist and author, founder and president of The Freethought Society
Annie Laurie Gaylor, author, radio host, and co-founder of Freedom From Religion Foundation
Debbie Goddard, activist and organizer, director of CFI On Campus and African Americans for Humanism
Jennifer Michael Hecht, teacher, poet, and author of Doubt: A History
Melody Hensley, executive director of CFI–Washington, DC
Sikivu Hutchinson, author, teacher, and editor of blackfemlens.org
Susan Jacoby, journalist and author of Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism
Jennifer McCreight, blogger at BlagHag
Bernice Sandler, author and nationally known expert on women's issues
Wafa Sultan, author and human rights activist
Rebecca Watson, co-host of Skeptics Guide to the Universe and creator of skepchick.org
In an effort to encourage more parents to attend the convention, The Richard Dawkins Foundation will be funding daycare services for anyone who needs it. Daycare services are only for registered conference participants.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please include your name and the names and ages of your children.
Friday, May 18th
Sunday, May 20th
Crystal City Marriott, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA
This historic conference will discuss and celebrate the many contributions women have made to the secular movement, while critically examining both the successes and failures of secularism in addressing women's concerns.