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Center for Inquiry Presents "Women in Secularism" Conference

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:

Registration Details:

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 :) ) 

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  • Marni T.

    Despite the cost, which was a bit steep, the content of this conference was wonderful - the panels were great, the speakers excellent, and I got a lot out of it. I'm so glad Sharon and I could have this opportunity, and I hope more men and women join us for future conferences!

    May 24, 2012

  • Sharon W.

    A very fun conference with amazing speakers! I feel very fortunate to have attended what we now expect to have been the first of many similar gatherings. I have transcribed my own notes for those who want an idea of what was discussed, and you can download these in our Files section. But CFI was videoing, so hopefully the presentations and panels will eventually be posted somewhere.

    May 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If women are the only ones who point out sexism, we just get called, "too sensitive" "hysterical" (note root of the word), "can't take a joke" "reading into things" and other gaslighting. If men start backing us up, it gets harder for people to keep dismissing us. Don't be the silent observer. We can't do this alone. Ending social expectations and forces on genders liberates men, too. Of course most of us can't go to this, but in general, things about women are for everyone!

    April 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    PZ says, "And that the topics are all relevant to every human being on the planet, not just the ones with vaginas? It’s just that women are in the forefront of the conflict with the patriarchal religions that have poisoned our cultures for centuries, and it’s about time they had a forum to tell their stories." Men, attend the conference. Injustice to some is injustice to all. To not stand up to it is to be part of the problem.

    April 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    and @ the same time recognizing that our own community has a LOT of work to do in how we treat, acknowledge, and highlight our female half. It’s not a conference exclusively FOR women, but yes, about them. Our boss Ron Lindsay says men absolutely should attend. PZ Myers says men should attend. And I’m telling you, too. If you think it’s a problem to have a conference like this, I challenge you to buy a ticket, show your face, and talk about it like a grownup. No more nameless Internet thuggery.

    April 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    We need men to go to this, too.
    http://www.centerforinquiry.net/blogs/entry/the_morning_heresy_4_18_12/ Paul Digaldo of CFI just wrote the following in response to an annonymous bully on the Dawkins forums dissing this event: Look, people, and yes guys, I’m talking to you specifically. This conference is not about “separating” women from men, it’s about having the spine as a movement to say that women deal with prejudices and oppression that are unique to them, thanks to religion,...

    April 19, 2012

  • Sharon W.

    YAY!

    April 17, 2012

  • Marni T.

    My registration is confirmed! My flight is confirmed! Going to have a great time with two wonderful secular ladies! Woo hoo!

    April 16, 2012

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