So if you were at the Reason Rally and are all pumped-up and thinking, “What other awesome atheist events can I go to now?” — or if you missed the Reason Rally and are thinking, “Damn, I hate that I had to miss that, what other awesome atheist events can I go to now?” — start making plans now for the Women in Secularism conference! Washington, D.C., May 18-20. All the speakers at the event will be women — but the conference is open to anybody, of any gender.
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. 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.
The speaker list is pretty freaking incredible. In addition to the obvious awesomeness of MEEEE, there’s going to be Susan Jacoby, Wafa Sultan, Annie Laurie Gaylor, Rebecca Watson, Jennifer McCreight, Ophelia Benson, Sikivu Hutchinson, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Debbie Goddard, Lauren Becker, Jamila Bey, Elisabeth Cornwell, Margaret Downey, Bernice Sandler, and Melody Hensley. Daycare services will be provided for any registered conference participants who needs them. There’ll be smart, thought-provoking talks and panels — plus plenty of time for fun hanging-out. The conference is Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport, which is on the Metro line, and hotel discounts are available.
It promises to be a barn-burner. Come check it out!