Dave Muscato, the new PR Director for American Atheists, has a guest post over at JT’s blog about some of the lesser known atheist women who are helping to lead our movement. Some of them are pretty well established, like the awesome Debbie Goddard of CFI. Others are younger and just getting started, including FTB’s own Miri Mogilevsky and Kate Donovan.
Some of the others he mentions: Jessica Ahlquist (obviously), Kelley Freeman (now an intern with the Foundation Beyond Belief), Ellen Lundgren (part of our wonderful crew here in Michigan), Lyz Liddell of the SSA, and Sarah Hargreaves. Let me add a few more that come to mind immediately (and this focuses a lot on younger activists and on those who aren’t as well known as, say, Greta Christina or Jamila Bey, who surely deserve to be on any list like this):
Monica Harmsen, who leads the SSA chapter at the University of Michigan. And it suddenly occurs to me that there are three on this list who speak fluent Russian. Odd coincidence.
My dear friend Jennifer Beahan, the associate director of CFI Michigan, who works as hard and cares as much as anyone I’ve ever met.
FTB’s own Ashley Miller. Super smart and she plays the ukelele too.
Lauren Lane and Katie Hartman, who’ve done such a great job with Skepticon over the last few years.
Julia Galef, who forms a pretty potent duo with her brother Jesse as two of the brightest young leaders we have.
Despite all the battles over Deep Rifts in the secular community, we really do have some incredible women helping lead this movement. I imagine it must be very gratifying for some of the more established leaders like Margaret Downey or Ophelia Benson to see so many committed young women stepping to the forefront and taking their place. The future is very bright indeed.