Who’s Running This Show, Anyway?

Secular Woman takes a snapshot of the gender makeup of the leaders of the organizations in the movement and discusses the changes since the last snapshot (2014) as well as the implications of the numbers.

6 p.m. – 7 p.m. CDT, Saturday April 14

To submit a question for the Q&A of this panel, please leave a comment below. Questions that are actually questions will receive priority.


Monette Richards is the president of CFI-Northeast Ohio and of Secular Woman. She’s one of the co-founders of Secular Women Work. She describes herself as a “nobody” activist and gets a lot of work done from the cheap seats.

Sam Farooqui immigrated to Florida from Pakistan when she was 7 years old, and found herself to be an atheist by 14. She went on to have a B.S. in Psychology from Florida State University, where she organized the first ever Southeast Secular Student Regional Conference as one of the founding officers of the Secular Student Alliance at FSU. She is greatly interested in social institutions and systems, how they come to be, and how they affect people’s lives. Sam serves on the board of Secular Woman.

Valerie Aurora is a writer, programmer, and feminist activist. She is principal consultant at Frame Shift Consulting, a diversity and inclusion consultancy. She was a co-founder and former Executive Director of the Ada Initiative, a non-profit to promote women in open technology and culture, and also a co-founder of Double Union, a feminist makerspace in San Francisco (notice a trend?). She was a Linux kernel developer specializing in file systems for about a decade. Her Wikipedia bio is occasionally correct. She also writes, speaks, and generally makes trouble.

Who’s Running This Show, Anyway?
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