Secular Women Work Conference in August

CFI is not holding its Women in Secularism conference this year because they’re doing another big conference instead (it will return in 2016, I’m told), but fear not. Secular Woman and Minnesota Atheists are hosting the Secular Women Work conference in Minneapolis, August 21-23. The twist is that they’re doing it entirely through Kickstarter, which is the first time I’ve ever heard of a conference being done that way. I’ll let them explain how it works:

This conference is a project of Minnesota Atheists; Campus Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists; and Secular Woman. None of us have the budgets of organizations who regularly put on this kind of conference (Center for Inquiry, Secular Student Alliance). That means we need to have a good idea of how many people are interested in this conference–and how many people are willing to support it monetarily–before we spend that money. Kickstarter lets us do that.

To the best of our knowledge, no one has Kickstarted a conference in the secular movement. No one has sold the tickets for their conference in such a compressed timeframe. We’re stepping out into the unknown and taking a risk. We’re confident that the support we need to run this conference exists, though.

Go check out the Kickstarter. Get your ticket before they’re all gone. (They’re not refundable, but they are transferable, and we’ll work to help you find someone to take your ticket if it turns out you can’t attend.) Get your t-shirt and/or your SurlyRamics necklace. Get your sticker. Advertise with us. Spring for a special dinner. Or just kick something in to help us make this conference everything it can be.

This conference is really going to focus on activism and how to do it effectively. So far they have some great people lined up to speak, including Mandisa Thomas, Lauren Lane and Desiree Schell, with many more yet to be announced. I was in Minneapolis to speak to Minnesota Atheists last month and had a blast, they’ve got a really wonderful community up there. This promises to be one of the best conferences this year.

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  • theschwa

    So, it is a conference about doing women work (cleaning, cooking, making babies) without Jesus?? Is that possible??! How do they know how to properly submit to their husband’s authority?!

  • Modusoperandi

    This conference is really going to focus on activism and how to do it effectively.

    How hard can it be? All you need is a sign, a tricorn hat and an issue, like “Taxes are Unpopular” or “Cut Government Programs [but not mine]” and they come together all on their own, complete with positive news coverage on how you’re “shaking up the Establishment” (right after losing the election six months after the thing you’re mad about) with the grassroots effort that you created all by yourself with no help from anyone.

  • Tim Farley

    This isn’t the first Kickstarted secular conference. If you specifically mean using to bootstrap a first-year conference, SeekerfestSTL in St. Louis beat them by a few weeks, they raised $3,700 ending on January 6th. If by “kickstarted” you mean “crowdfunded” then it isn’t even close – Skepticon and others have been crowdfunding their main budget for years. Among the other events that ran crowdfunding campaigns last year I can recall FreeOK, SASHAcon, Darwin on the Palouse and Sexy Secular. (There were probably others too).