Women in atheism: a tour through history

Here's an hour-long lecture and Q&A with Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). The lecture recounts the long, honorable history of women in atheism, and explicitly connects feminism and freethought. It's a great tour through the history -- the often secret history -- of women who fought and gave all, risking persecution for speaking out against religion and for women's rights to control their destinies. The lecture was recorded at the Center for Inquiry's 2012 Women in Secularism Conference, and FFRF was founded by Gaylor and her mother, Anne Nicol Gaylor.

CFI's Women in Secularism Conf. | Annie Laurie Gaylor: "The History of Women in Freethought" (via Skepchick)


    1. I second this. The more people are aware of the difference between secularism and atheism, the easier it is to distinguish between religious people who can live with atheists versus those who can’t.

  1. It is just me – or is there a conference / group for everything these days? I’m surprised it’s not the atheist feminist minority atlas shrugged league for feminist minority atheists that believe in in the principles of Ayn Rand between the years 1956 & 1958 (not to be confused with the Atheist feminist minority fountainhead league).

    1. No, it is just you, and your post makes you sound like a jerk. If there are enough people who share group membership(s) in common and they want to meet to discuss, what do you care?

      1. Sorry for sounding like a Jerk, I don’t care – just pointing out an observation. If I offended you, I’m terribly sorry.

    2.  There is a conference/group for everything these days!  Isn’t that awesome?

      Unfortunately the conference for people afraid to attend conferences never quite works out.

  2. how many world religions have been established by women?  (nah the vestal virgins and Pythias don’t count)  now how many have been established with women in mind?   so no more religion until the flying spaghetti monster is properly established to be the one true pasta goddess  (those ain’t meatballs folks)  next up:  only folks with two X chromosomes (all in the same nucleus [finger wag]) may be licensed to carry hand-guns.

    1. As explained in The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, the Flying Spaghetti Monster has physical characteristics of both sexes (the meatballs and Noodly Appendages).

      1. Wait a minute. Are you saying that the meatballs are not in fact testicles but are instead breasts? I think I sense an upcoming schism for Pastafarians.

  3. This talk is glorious. One interesting item: “Nothing fails like prayer” is a good one. I’ve been thinking about prayer as a type of worrying, institutionally encouraged. In children.

  4. Oh, shoot, now serious.

    56:06: “In the Hispanic/Latin American community [women] have it twice as hard.” Yes, they do! and it kills me. I don’t know how to deal with this. I don’t even have patience to pretend any more. And I have a sister-in-law my age in Argentina dying of AIDS because of the double standard. I can’t save the relatives my age, it’s too late. Yet still because of denieces and denephews, I have Zugszwang, I really need good answers fast.It might be too late–if you’ve watched a father tell his son in front of his not-yet-speaking but everything understanding daughter, “yes guapo, fun stuff is for boys, not for girls.”

    1. Well, the older generation might take issue if you read their kids Ingersoll, but you could offer to read them the Bible. Most Christians have heard about Adam and Eve, Noah’s ark, and Moses versus the Pharaoh, but not as many have heard about the sack of Midian, the mysterious unpardonable sin, or the prohibition against clothes of two fabrics. An actual thorough reading of the Bible has created more freethinkers than anything else I know of. Don’t use the New International Version. It has been worded to make the offensive parts more confusing to the reader.

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