Episode 213 – How Women’s Concerns Can Best Be Advanced Within The Context Of A Secular Agenda, P.1

Today on CenterStage, a panel discussion on advancing women’s concerns within secularism.

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 “How Women’s Concerns Can Best Be Advanced within the Context of a Secular Agenda.” The session was moderated by Jamila Bey, an author, editor, and journalist who hosts the syndicated radio show The Sex, Politics, and Religion Hour.

Panelists included Soraya Chemaly, a feminist writer and activist whose work appears regularly on the Huffington Post, The Feminist Wire, and AlterNet; Susan Jacoby, 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; Amanda Marcotte, a widely published journalist and feminist writer; and Katha Pollitt, a poet, essayist and columnist for The Nation whose work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Free Inquiry.

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