In writing the earlier post about the Freedom From Religions Foundation’s lawsuit, I happened to browse their site and looked up the Honorary Board of that organization and came across this photograph of them, along with their names: Jerry Coyne, Robin Morgan, Richard Dawkins, Daniel C. Dennett, Ernie Harburg, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Susan Jacoby, Mike Newdow, Katha Pollitt, Steven Pinker, Ron Reagan, Oliver Sacks, M.D., Robert Sapolsky, Edward Sorel, and Julia Sweeney.
The order of the names did not correspond to the order of the photographs so I tried to match them. I was embarrassed to find that while I could easily identify nearly all the men (except for Edward Sorel and Ernie Harburg, though I think I can guess the former), the only two women I could identify were Katha Pollitt and Julia Sweeney. Although I have heard of and read Susan Jacoby, I do not know what she looks like. I had not even heard of the other three women, while the only unfamiliar male name was Harburg’s.
What this suggests to me is that women atheists are not given nearly as much prominence as the men and that I really should become more familiar with the writings of a wider and more diverse spectrum of atheists.
Anyone able to identify the entire set?