Episode 207 – Gender Equality in the Secular Movement, Part I

Today on CenterStage, Part One of a two-part panel discussion on gender equality in the secular movement.

On May 17th through 19th, 2013, the Center for Inquiry presented its second annual Women in Secularism conference in Washington, D. C.

Around the world, the forces of religion and superstition are working to contain and even reverse the progress made in the cause of women’s basic human rights. Within the freethought movement, nonbelievers and skeptics are passionately debating the role of social justice, particularly in regard to gender equality and incidences of hostility toward women. Which is the best path forward? Over the next fourteen episodes of CenterStage, we’ll present the discussion.

This week, we present Part One of the panel discussion titled “Gender Equality in the Secular Movement.” The session was moderated by Greta Christina, author of Greta Christina’s Blog and the book Why Are You Atheists So Angry? and a Free Inquiry columnist.

Participants included Ophelia Benson, cofounder of the Butterflies and Wheels website and its associated blog, and a Free Inquiry columnist; R. Elisabeth Cornwell, at the time of the event executive director of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason U. S., and a board member at the Center for Inquiry; Debbie Goddard, director of outreach at the Center for Inquiry and director of African Americans for Humanism, a program of the Council for Secular Humanism; and Stephanie Zvan, a co-host of Atheists Talk, a rare commercial radio program presenting an atheist perspective, and Associate President of Minnesota Atheists.

The conference was chaired by CenterStage co-host Lauren Becker.