May the 4th Be With You

September 23, 2016

It’s a beautiful day in Arlington’s Crystal City, where enormous structures of glass send every glimmer of sunlight bouncing here and there. And it’s almost time to get started with Women in Secularism 4.

We always knew that when we held the first Women in Secularism conference back in 2012 that it would be something deeply meaningful for the freethought community, confronting issues and addressing concerns that simply weren’t getting the air time they needed in other venues. What we couldn’t know (not being fortune-telling psychics) is just how meaningful they would be, creating a demand for additional conferences.

It’s 2016 and we’re holding the fourth in the series, after taking one year off in 2015. It’s no small thing to be holding an event like this now. There’s so much going on this year for “skepto-humanists,” with the second Reason Rally, CSICon Las Vegas coming next month, and of course, all the hubbub and hullabaloo over the presidential election.

And that’s why there’s no better time than now for the fourth Women in Secularism conference. In the midst of major rallying events for nonbelievers and skeptics, and as the first woman nominee of a major political party faces off against a man who is, well, let’s just say not entirely friendly when it comes to women’s concerns, the voices of the women of secularism could not be more crucial. And since the conference series took a year last year off, there’s a palpable eagerness for an occasion like this.

It’s going to be a great event. Check back here regularly for updates and personal thoughts about what transpires, and we’ll also try to bring you a flavor of what’s going on in between the main talks and discussions.