Feb 17 2013

Guess Who’s Going to Women in Secularism

Marcus Ranum and I have made our picks for his Women in Secularism grants and confirmed that everyone is still available to go. Sadly, Marcus wasn’t able to fund everyone, and those he couldn’t fund would still have made excellent contributions to the conferences (as well as getting a lot out of it).

If you’d like more people to be able to attend, you can help send them too. Secular Woman has applicants they’re still working to fund. So does Surly Amy. You can help more people afford the conference. Marcus isn’t the only one who can turn harassment into something good.

Now for the grantees:

Congratulations to all, and I look forward to seeing you there.


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    Sweet! I know Jadehawk, and I know she will be very excited.

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    Yay! *does a little happy dance*

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    Giliell, professional cynic -Ilk-

    Woo-hoo, I think you picked well.

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    Sweet! I know Jadehawk, and I know she will be very excited.

    oh, she most certainly is :-D

    and I didn’t even realize that FTBloggers who wanted to go wouldn’t have been able to w/o the grants. yay for miri and kate :-)

  5. 5

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Thank you.
    Did I mention thank you?

    I am so incredibly excited for this conference, and meeting people. I am so very grateful.
    I promise to make good use of the conference. I will probably not sleep that entire weekend. xD

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    Miri, Professional Fun-Ruiner

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, everyone involved. I’m so ridiculously excited; Kate and I squee about it all the time. :)

    For all its flaws, the secular community really is incredible.

  7. 7

    This is amazing. I never thought I’d be able to go to a conference like this.
    It’s gonna rock.

    Not only that, but it’ll be warmer than Toronto!

    Thank you tons…

  8. 8

    Echoing the thank yous. I’m beyond excited about this opportunity!

    And, if anyone wants to share a hotel room, please let me know… :)

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    Ophelia Benson


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    Acolyte of Sagan

    May I just say that it makes a lovely change to see such genuine happiness amid all the bulltish that FT Bloggers are (still) having to put up with?
    A word to the wise for those awarded grants to attend: should you buy a nice new pair of shoes or an outfit to go in, for Carl’s sake please don’t blog about them. I don’t think the interweb could cope with another avalanche of bitterness, envy, and spite so soon after Greta.

  11. 11

    AWESOME!! I am definitely going to have to make my way down there that weekend, even if I can’t get into the conference itself.

  12. 12

    AWESOME!! I am definitely going to have to make my way down there that weekend, even if I can’t get into the conference itself.

    please do! we can share a cup of “holy fuck I’m broke” cheap coffee somewhere!

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    Ed Brayton

    Huge kudos to Marcus Ranum for making this happen. Miri and Kate are two of the most exciting young atheist leaders and they are going to do great things, as I’m sure the others will as well.

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    Nicole Introvert

    Yay for the grant getters!!! I will see you in May!

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    Yay! Kudos to Marcus. I hope you have a great time. (I’m on the wrong continent myself, and I’ll have to wait for videos.)

  16. 16

    These additions to the list of attendees are sure to contribute to the rousing success of the conference. Wonderful news for you all, congratulations!

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    Those are all excellent choices, congratulations to the grantees.
    I’m sure that the conference will be a great experience.

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    Miri, Professional Fun-Ruiner

    Aww, Ed, you’re going to give me a huge ego. :P

    sisu, I’ll room with you, if you’re still reading this!

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