Women’s History: A Core Secular Issue

Susan Jacoby

On May 17–19, 2013, the Center for Inquiry (the Council for Secular Humanism’s supporting organization) presented the second “Women In Secularism” conference in Washington, D.C. FREE INQUIRY is pleased to publish the following essays based on speeches delivered at “Women In Secularism 2.”—EDS.

In the famous abolitionist newspaper The Liberator in 1837, the early feminist Maria Weston Chapman replied to a large group of New England Congregationalist ministers who were scandalized by the fact that women were beginning to speak in public on behalf of political causes such as abolitionism. Her verse was aptly titled “The Times That Try Men’s Souls”:

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