Two pieces of good news on the “feminism in atheism/ skepticism” front!
Good News #1: The Center for Inquiry — hosts of this year’s wildly successful Women in Secularism conference — have put a harassment policy/ code of conduct into place! And it’s not jsut for big conferences, either. Their policy will apply to “any educational meeting or gathering organized or sponsored by CFI or its affiliates to which nonemployees are invited.” (CFI president and CEO Ronald A. Lindsay has a blog post explaining their decision — why they institute the policy in the first place, and why they crafted this one as they did. It’s well worth reading.)
Good News #2: A new organization has formed, Secular Woman, specifically devoted to advancing the interests of atheist, humanist and other non-religious women. Among other things, they’re forming a speaker’s bureau; forming a central list of local secular women’s groups; collating links to petition and action centers; setting up a guest blog for new/ intermittent bloggers; and giving conference grants to women who want to attend atheist conferences. (This last one is a really good and important idea — if you’re pondering the question of why women’s conference attendance is lower than men’s, “money” has got to be high on your list.) Membership is just $20 — $10 for students — and is open to people of all genders. (If you have skills to share but are short on cash, they’re also looking for volunteers.) If you want to support women in the secularist movement and promote our visibility, this would be a great way to do it.