Episode 212 – “Why the Lost History of Secular Women Matters Today”

Today on CenterStage, an appeal for historical literacy.

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 in its entirety a lecture by journalist and author Susan Jacoby titled “Why the Lost History of Secular Women Matters Today.” Jacoby is author of the New York Times bestseller The Age of American Unreason and, since this event took place, a new biographical appreciation, The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought.

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