Secular organizations tend to not be able to attract and retain female members, but a new group formed in Atlanta, GA is specifically geared toward the advancement of women with non-religious views.
Secular Woman, Inc. aims to provide "opportunities and resources they [secular women] need to participate openly and confidently as respected voices of leadership in the secular community and every aspect of American society," according to their official press release Thursday.
Like many movements, secularism tends to be dominated by men, and some women are not confident about coming out as atheists, as they see no place for themselves in the community. Secular Women Inc. strives to change that by encouraging women to speak out about their non-religious beliefs and elevate those women to positions of leadership within the community. They propose doing this by offering grants, awards, and a tight knit community of atheist women to provide the gender diversity secular events tend to lack.
Secular Woman, Inc. will also tackle the current "war on women" by advocating women's equal rights, such as equal pay, reproductive rights, and marriage equality. Kim Rippere, the organization's founding president states:
The 'War on Women' dovetailing with the rise of secular activism showed us the time had come for secular women to form our own distinct organization to support our vision of the future. Secular women have always been at front and center of the feminist quest for equality and autonomy.
Among the other founding members are Brandi Braschler (Vice President of Programs), Bridgette Gaudette (Vice President of Outreach), and Mary Ellen Sikes (Vice President of Operations). Gaudette, who also serves as Florida's State Director for American Atheists states:
With this organization we plan to focus on promoting the secular female voice, but anyone who supports our mission can join. All are vital to the success of Secular Woman and to the overall secular movement.
For more information about Secular Woman, Inc., please visit www.secularwoman.org, or write to them at P.O. Box 911, Duluth, GA 30096.