There are a plethora of interest groups that work to advocate for specified rights and causes. Atheists and secularists, in particular, have been working more fervently to usher in greater representation in both governmental and social circles.
The Secular Coalition for America, for instance, is rapidly organizing in all 50 states. The National Atheist Party, of course, is attempting to put up non-believing candidates for public office. And today, following these developments, a new organization dedicated to advancing the causes of secular women is launching.
According to a press release, Secular Women, Inc., is debuting as the United States’ first national membership organization devoted solely to pushing the agenda of non-believing women. Because many atheist groups have a tough time attracting and keeping the attention of women, Secular Women, Inc. will work to court females with special events, conferences and other gender-specific offerings.
The group’s mission statement reads: “A future in which women without supernatural beliefs have the opportunities and resources they need to participate openly and confidently as respected voices of leadership in the secular community and every aspect of American society.”
How does this translate into action steps, you ask? Well, Secular Women will be working to advocate a variety of issues that many would associated more with a progressive agenda — contraception (“reproductive choice”), the legalization of gay marriage, equal pay and other related policy measures.
“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,” said Kim Rippere, one of the group’s founders and its new president, said in the press release. “Secular women have always been at front and center of the feminist quest for equality and autonomy.”
Now, it seems atheist females have a group that will help to “amplify the voice, presence, and influence of non-religious women” — yet another point of evidence that non-believers are working feverishly to harness and secure power.