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Jen McCreight Speaking (and Public Meeting)

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Schedule:

1:00-1:15 p.m. – Social time

1:15-1:45 p.m. – Public Business Meeting

1:45-2:00 p.m. – Break

2:00-3:30 p.m. – Guest Speaker: Jen McCreight speaking on God's Lady Problem

4:00-whenever – Dinner at Panda Garden (1706 Lexington Avenue North; Roseville, MN)

March's Guest Speaker Jen McCreight

God's Lady Problem: Breaking Up With Abusive Supernatural Beings

Why are women more religious than men when most religions are so anti-woman? Jen McCreight will address this paradox, make the case for why it’s time for women to leave religion, and discuss why skepticism and atheism are empowering for women.

Jen McCreight is a lifelong non-theist, but became vocal about her atheism when she started college at Purdue University. Surprised and alienated by the highly religious atmosphere, she co-founded the Society of Non-Theists for like-minded students. During this time she also started to blog at Blag Hag (http://freethoughtblogs.com/blaghag).

The blog became infamous thanks to “Boobquake,” Jen’s response to an Iranian leader who said women’s immodest dress caused earthquakes. On April 26, 2010, Jen dressed so as to show off as much cleavage as possible, and invited other women to do the same, to see if there would be an increase in earthquakes that day. The event made international news. (http://freethoughtblogs.com/blaghag/2010/04/in-the-name-of-science-i-offer-my-boobs)

Jen graduated from Purdue University in 2010 in Genetics and Evolution and is working towards her PhD in Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. She is now on the Board of Directors of the Secular Student Alliance. Her writing isn’t limited to her blog, having written articles for The Daily Beast, The Guardian, and a piece for the American edition of The Atheist's Guide to Christmas.