Episode 209 – What the Secular Movement Can Learn from Other Social Movements, Part I

Today on CenterStage, Part One of a two-part panel discussion on what the secular movement can learn from other social movements.

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 a panel discussion titled “What the Secular Movement Can Learn from Other Social Movements.” The session was moderated by Soraya Chemaly, a feminist writer and activist whose work appears regularly on the Huffington Post, The Feminist Wire, and AlterNet. Participants included Greta Christina, author of Greta Christina’s Blog and the book Why Are You Atheists So Angry?, and a Free Inquiry columnist; Carrie Poppy, an animal rights activist and co-hosts the science and faith investigations podcast Oh No Ross and Carrie; and Desiree Schell, a professional activist and organizer and host of the syndicated live radio show and podcast Skeptically Speaking.

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