The Center for Inquiry is hosting a historic conference: "Women in Secularism" in Washington, DC (Arlington, VA), from Friday, May 18, 2012 through Sunday, May 20, 2012.
From their website:
"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. Until Now.
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."
The Speakers include:
- Lauren Becker, educator and organizer, vice president and director of CFI Outreach
- Ophelia Benson, author, editor, and commentator, butterfliesandwheels.org
- Jamila Bey, author, editor, journalist
- Greta Christina, writer and blogger, Greta Christina's Blog
- Elisabeth Cornwell, evolutionary psychologist, Executive Director, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science
- Margaret Downey, activist and author
- 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
- 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.com
- Wafa Sultan, author and human rights activist
- Rebecca Watson, co-host of Skeptics Guide to the Universe and creator of skepchick.org
The hotel is a short Metro ride away from Washington, DC. Room reservations can be made at a steep discount by calling [masked] and mentioning the "Women in Secularism" conference, or booking online using Group Code: CFICFIA.
General Admission for the three-day conference: $219
CFI Member Discount Admission: $195 (Become a member!)
Saturday Night Dinner and Entertainment: $75 (Join us for a thrilling dinner theater of poetry, humor, and philosophical epiphany with Jennifer Michael Hecht.)
You can register online HERE. Click HERE for the schedule.
We know this conference is a bit pricey, but this is WOMEN POWER! Come out to support the other women in the secular movement and have them support you, and make yourself known there. This is our chance, ladies, to come out and be a part of a historic women's secular event. Let's try to get a group together so we can get discounts and save wherever we can to help each woman who wants to attend be able to! Sharing a room and riding with someone else saves a big expense, because you can share the costs!
(Spouses and significant others are more than welcome to accompany us, and go sightseeing all weekend :) )