Skeptical Woman raising money to get women to Skepticon 5.

I was showering yesterday and had an epiphany.  I toweled off while dashing to my laptop so I could restructure my whole talk for Skepticon 5.  I think it will be one of my best talks ever.

I’d love to have more people there to see it!  So if you haven’t registered for Skepticon 5 yet, it’s free and you should go.  :)  It’s also one of the most fun gigs you’ll ever attend.

Skeptical Woman is trying to raise money to send women to the event.  Consider tossing them some bucks to help make it happen.  If you read this blog, you likely support women.  Whether or not you support Secular Woman’s approach, I have the assurance of Bridget Gaudette that all donations at that link will go toward Skepticon grants for women and nothing else.  That should be something we should all be able to get behind in full.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • John Horstman

    “WOMAN GET MONEY BUT NOT MEN DON’T!!1! SEXIST FEMINIST FASCISTS!One1!One!” is the kind of disagreement I expect you might get. I figured I’d get a jump on the actual trolls and Google that data for them, that they might see WHY grants for women are necessary in order to create equal access to Skepticon for women.

    Look at me being all benefit-of-the-doubt and presupposing ignorance instead of malice!

    • Baal

      You almost got the point of the last sentence but the first sentence mockery suggests only malice.

      • Baal

        Regardless, ty for the googling. The other detail is that the attendance by women (regardless of reason) at atheist/skeptic/etc conventions is lower than that of men. Providing a subsidy is a great way to help solve the imbalance. You could also note that by having more women show up, the atmosphere is less ‘boys club’ which then makes women feel more comfortable attending – it’s a positive reinforcement cycle.

  • Glenn Shaw

    JT, the Skepticon link in the article doesn’t go to the right place — “” is currently being held by GoDaddy for someone to pickup. The actual website is

    • JT Eberhard

      Doh! Fixed. Thank you!

    • Brad

      Yep. Someone should also let them know that their about page still contains “TBA” for both venue and hotels, while the “Register” page mentions the Springfield Convention Center, University Plaza Hotel, and Holiday Inn.

      JT, I’m looking forward to this convention!! Any hints on your presentation? Religious arguments? Mental illness and skepticism redux?

      • JT Eberhard

        Religious arguments, but with a twist (that I came up with in the shower), and a big surprise. :) Seriously, don’t miss my talk.

        • Loqi

          Let’s see…with a twist that you came up with in the shower…
          Presenting naked?

  • Karen

    And it’s Secular Woman, not Skeptical Woman.

  • The Flying Atheist

    I’m really looking forward to going to Skepticon IF I can get there (Oh godz of airline standby travel, i pray to the…). It will be my first atheist gathering. It will be worth the long trip from Canada.