FEMINISM AND SECULARISM.
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.
Join us on May 18-20, 2012, for the “Women in Secularism” conference, 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.
- Lauren Becker, educator and organizer, vice president & director of CFI Outreach
- Ophelia Benson, author, editor, and commentator, Butterflies & Wheels
- Jamila Bey, author, editor, and journalist
- Greta Christina, writer and blogger, Greta Christina’s Blog
- Elisabeth Cornwell, evolutionary psychologist, executive director of Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science US
- Margaret Downey, activist and author, founder and president of The Freethought Society
- Annie Laurie Gaylor, author, radio host, and co-founder of Freedom From Religion Foundation
- Debbie Goddard, activist and organizer, director of CFI On Campus and African Americans for Humanism
- Jennifer Michael Hecht, teacher, poet, and author of Doubt: A History
- Melody Hensley, executive director of CFI–Washington, DC
- Sikivu Hutchinson, author, teacher, and editor of blackfemlens.org
- Susan Jacoby, journalist and author of Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism
- Jennifer McCreight, blogger at BlagHag
- Edwina Rogers, executive director of the Secular Coalition for America
- Bernice Sandler, author and nationally known expert on women's issues
- Wafa Sultan, author and human rights activist
- Rebecca Watson, co-host of Skeptics Guide to the Universe and creator of skepchick.org
In an effort to encourage more parents to attend the convention, The Richard Dawkins Foundation US will be funding daycare services for anyone who needs it. Daycare services are only for registered conference participants. Arrangements must be made by May 1.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please include your name and the names and ages of your children.
The Crystal City Marriott is compliant with all aspects of accessibility. There are ramps at all doors into the building, rooms with roll in showers, and meeting tables can be set for people who are in wheelchairs. The conference level restrooms are also ADA compliant. Transportation Resources for Seniors and Persons With Physical Disabilities in Arlington, VA »
The conference will be held in the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport, just steps away from fantastic restaurants, theaters, and shops, and a short Metro ride away from Washington, DC. The Crystal City Marriott hotel is now sold out, but you can still find great deals on "next door" hotels on travelocity.com.
Three-day Conference General Admission: $219
CFI Member Discount Admission: $195
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Saturday Night Dinner and Entertainment: $75