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Meetup details changed: NYC ATHEISTS MARCH MEETUP

Sent on: Thursday, March 14, 2013 4:06 PM

NYC Atheists Celebrates Women in the Atheist Movement and Asks:

Why Aren’t There More Secular Women?



WHAT:      NYC Atheists Discussion Group Led by Michael Dorian Topic:  Celebrating Women Atheists: How Do We Encourage More Women To Join Us?

WHEN:      TUESDAY, March 19, 2013 - 7 P.M.

WHERE:    STONE CREEK Bar & Pub - 140 East 27th Street (3rd/Lex) - Back Room

COST:        Free, but you are expected to buy food/drink to compensate Stone Creek. The knoshies are tasty and there’s a good selection of beers.


March is Women’s History Month and we are delighted to honor Atheist women. However, we feel it is only appropriate to ask:  Why aren’t more of you beating a path to our doorstep?

We feel it is time for the women of America to acknowledge that Atheism is a viable alternative to religion.  American Atheists Inc. (AA) was founded 50 years ago by a woman, Madalyn Murray O’Hair. After her tragic death, AA (of which NYCA is an affiliate) was kept going on a shoestring for 13 years by another courageous woman Atheist, Ellen Johnson.

But in recent years, there has been a shortage of women in the entire secular movement. Why?  Could it be that women are afraid to come out publicly as Atheists because, in America, we are an excluded minority? Yet early American pioneer women were not afraid to sail across the sea and settle in an unknown land. Nor were they afraid to travel across the country in a covered wagon to set down roots in the American West. What makes women’s attitude toward pioneering Atheism different?

Or is it that religion still has its clutches on women, who only in the last generation or two have been universally able to get a scientific education equal to that available to men? Or can it be that women, as nest-makers, don’t want to take the less-traveled road in our society?

How Should We Recruit Women?

Ladies, come and tell us why you have not been flocking to the Atheist movement when it is at the height of its most active neo-emergence.  Men, come and tell us your opinions; convince our women that we are a viable movement peopled by honest, hardworking intellectual pioneers.

Come to our Tuesday evening discussion group and challenge our movement about why it isn’t more receptive to women activists. Come and hear the women themselves tell us why.  Tell us your own theory about this strange and apparently movement-wide phenomenon.

Our Tuesday discussion group, led by our popular Michael Dorian, a documentary filmmaker who is now producing a film about the movement itself, is a relaxed, informal place where you can comfortably speak your mind to people who will know where you are coming from.



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