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Apr 03 2012

Women in Secularism Conference – With Me And Other Awesome Women!

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!

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    Katie Hartman

    AUGH. I wish I could go! I could probably make registration if not for the cost of gas and tolls, but alas.

    In any event, KILLER lineup! Anyone who willingly misses this must be mad.

  2. 2
    anna

    Hey Greta, why doesn’t your bio on the website (in the list of Speakers) mention your new book? You should get that changed if you can. I’m sure it would be a popular read there.

    I can’t go, but it’s pretty sweet to see such an event held in the South. We are taking over! Ooh, and a bookstore will be there.

  3. 3
    Frogmistress

    The Reason Rally did just give us a taste and got us wanting more.

    I am registered and can’t wait for it!

  4. 4
    onion girl, OM; social workers do it with paperwork

    I think I’m going to be able to swing the registration fee, but the Saturday event is out of my budget.

    But assuming my car doesn’t explode or some other financial disaster occurs, I will be there! So excited! :)

  5. 5
    julietdefarge

    The cost is just prohibitive. I don’t live too far from DC and would love to spend a day listening to speakers with my daughter and some of her college friends, but no way we could afford this. :(

  6. 6
    CatherineD

    I can’t wait to come to this conference!

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    Frogmistress

    julietdefarge, there is an offer of reduced pricing for students. I doubt that helps you, but it might help someone else, maybe your daughter?

    https://secure3.convio.net/cfi/site/Ticketing?view=Tickets&id=101662&JServSessionIdr004=qqzkwcgju1.app334b

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