Women in Secularism 4: The Walls are Coming Down

August 18, 2016


In politics, business, sports, and popular culture, women’s voices are breaking through like never before. The walls that held back women’s progress are crumbling, and a chorus of new and vital voices is ringing out. 

Some of the most compelling and consequential of those voices come from the world of freethought, where women have bravely fought against the harms imposed by religion and the opponents of science and reason.  


You will hear those voices, together, at the Women in Secularism conferenceSeptember 23-25, just outside Washington, DC.

This fourth Women in Secularism conference brings together a diverse lineup of amazing and courageous speakers to confront our challenges and celebrate our achievements. They will discuss the avalanche of anti-abortion legislation, the plight of women around the world trying to escape oppressive religion, the role of “safe spaces” in a movement that champions free expression, and the lessons to be learned from other social movements — all of this and more is on the table at Women in Secularism 4.

Leading the conversation will be some of freethought’s brightest minds and most captivating figures, including

Rebecca Goldstein, philosopher, novelist, and author of Plato at the Googleplex 
Bonya Rafida Ahmed, Bangladeshi-American writer and secular activist
Katha Pollitt, columnist for The Nation, and author of Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights
Soraya Chemaly, writer and activist focused on the role of gender in politics, religion, and media.
Maryam Namazie, human rights activist and spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
Lindsay Beyerstein, Point of Inquiry co-host and investigative journalist
Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation

And many more. Visit WomeninSecularism.org to find out more and to register for this powerful conference.

Add your voice. Hear, and be heard. Register now.

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The main program starts on September 23 at 1:00 PM and closes September 25 at 12:30 PM. CFI Secular Celebrant training is offered September 22, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Additional registration is required for the Saturday banquet and Secular Celebrant training. Visit the Women in Secularism site for more information.

Hyatt Regency hotel

All conference programming takes place at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. The conference rate is $125 per night for single or double occupancy, $150 per night for triple occupancy, and $175 per night for quadruple occupancy. You can reserve your room through our page on the hotel website.


CFI’s Women in Secularism conferences have been some of the most meaningful and impactful freethought events in years.

Don’t miss Women in Secularism 4!

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The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization headquartered in Amherst, New York, with executive offices in Washington, D.C. It is also home to the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and the Council for Secular Humanism. The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Visit CFI on the web at centerforinquiry.org.