I sicced you on this poll to identify the most vocal atheist of 2009: don’t be surprised, I won. Of course, the real problem there was that the winner was determined in an open online poll — if it had been a poll to determine the most vocal Christian of the year, I also would have smashed into it hard.
Now try something a little less biased: a poll to determine the most influential female atheist. My name is not on it, so I’m safe from messing this one up.
Ophelia Benson 7% (76 votes)
Greta Christina 21% (237 votes)
Annie Laurie Gaylor 6% (68 votes)
Tracie Harris & Jen Peeples 3% (29 votes)
Sikivu Hutchinson <1% (2 votes)
Susan Jacoby 2% (26 votes)
Lyz Liddell 1% (12 votes)
Heather MacDonald 1% (6 votes)
Amanda Marcotte 1% (10 votes)
Melissa McEwan <1% (3 votes)
Ashley Paramore 1% (8 votes)
“Surly” Amy Davis Roth 4% (51 votes)
Eugenie Scott 13% (145 votes)
Ariane Sherine 16% (184 votes)
Julia Sweeney 9% (99 votes)
Rebecca Watson 14% (160 votes)
Other (say who in comments) 2% (19 votes)
Oh, no! There’s an “other”! Don’t write my name in!
What’s really interesting here is how easy it is to make a long list of female atheists…and note that people in the comments are already mentioning all the women who were left out. Maybe this list ought to be shared around to various godless conference organizers as a little hint…
All right, people…you’re writing my name in. Stop it, or Jen is going to make me send her a photo of me. In a dress. While I could pull that off when I was 18, I don’t think it will work any more.