Episode 211 – “Who Speaks for Feminism?”

Today on CenterStage, a provocative presentation on who does – or does not – speak for feminism in the secular and skeptical 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 a lecture by R. Elisabeth Cornwell titled “Who Speaks for Feminism?” Cornwell is an evolutionary psychologist and, at the time of the event, executive director of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science U.S. She initiated the OUT campaign and, more recently, Non-Believers Giving Aid.

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