A Center for Inquiry Conference - Women in Secularism III - May 16-18, 2014
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It’s time for the third Women in Secularism conference, an unmissable event that will tackle some of freethought’s burning questions:

  • A wave of oppression around the world is being justified by religious dogma with an aim to drag women’s rights back to the Bronze Age. —Can the tide be turned?
  • Women who attempt to leave a religion too often face family estrangement, community exile, or even violence. —Can we create an environment where women are free to question faith without fear?
  • Women and minorities continue to be underrepresented in the secular movement. —Can we right this wrong and strengthen the movement?

The answer to all of these is YES.

We can do it.

Register now for Women in Secularism III, May 16-18 in Alexandria, VA, just outside of DC. See a powerful roster of speakers and panelists from the worlds of social justice, freethought activism, journalism, and academia confront these questions and much more.

Women in Secularism III is presented by the Center for Inquiry.

The Speakers

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The Schedule

Friday, May 16

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Opening Remarks

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Online Activism
Moderator: Lindsay Beyerstein, Panel: Soraya Chemaly, Amy Davis Roth, Zinnia Jones, Miri Mogilevsky

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Intersectionality and Humanism
Moderator: Soraya Chemaly, Panel: Miri Mogilevsky, Heina Dadabhoy, Zinnia Jones, Debbie Goddard

4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Soraya Chemaly
Gender and Free Expression

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
with Melody Hensley


Saturday, May 17

9:00 am – 10:30 am
Women Leaving Religion
Moderator: Amanda Knief, Panel: Candace Gorham, Rebecca Goldstein, Heina Dadabhoy, Mandy Velez, Sarah Jones

10:30 am – 11:15 am
Barbara Ehrenreich
Living With a Wild God

11:15 am

11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Should We Be Concerned About Multiculturalism?
Moderator: Rebecca Goldstein, Panel: Ophelia Benson, Taslima Nasreen, Katha Pollitt, Sarah Jones

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
(on your own)


2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Rebecca Goldstein and Susan Jacoby
Why Women are Too Polite About Religion: A Conversation Between Rebecca Goldstein and Susan Jacoby

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Lindy West
A Feminist’s Guide to Surviving the Internet

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Taslima Nasreen
Why Secularism is Necessary for Women’s Freedom

5:00 pm – 5:10 pm
Closing Remarks

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
with Comedian Leighann Lord


Sunday, May 18

9:00 am – 10:30 am
Women Empowering Women in Secularism
Moderator: Lindsay Beyerstein, Panel: Amy Davis Roth, Debbie Goddard, Melody Hensley, Amanda Knief

10:30 am – 11:15 am
Lindsay Beyerstein
Exiled from IHOP: An Atheist on Assignment

11:15 am – 11:30 am
Closing Remarks

The Location

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The Westin Alexandria
400 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 253-8600

Conference rate: $104 per night, including free in-room Wi-Fi. Reserve your room >

You can also call the hotel to book your room at the conference rate. Rooms must be reserved before Friday, April 25, 2014 to be eligible for the conference rate.



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The Center for Inquiry values full participation at all of its events, including participation from individuals with disabilities. Requests for reasonable accommodation may be made by contacting Barry Karr at (716) 636-4869 ext. 217 or bkarr@centerforinquiry.net.

Past Conferences

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Videos of full talks from previous Women in Secularism conferences are now available. Watch now >

Read more about previous Women in Secularism conferences at their web sites:

Women in Secularism (2012) >

Women in Secularism 2 (2013) >