FAQ

Who is Secular Woman?
Secular Woman is its members, donors, and leaders. For more information, see our about section.

I like your mission, but I'm not a woman. Can I join?
Yes! We hope you will.

I like your mission, but I'm religious. Can I join?
Again, yes. Just be aware that our work focuses unapologetically on non-religious women.

What do you hope to accomplish?
Our mission is to amplify the voice, presence, and influence of non-religious women. We envision 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.

What sets you apart from other national groups? Why not partner with an existing organization?
Our programs and resources are tailored specifically and exclusively to women without religion. We are the first and only national organization to limit its focus to this one population. We feel a dedicated organization is one of many strategies for bringing the valuable perspectives of women atheists, agnostics, and humanists into the secular movement and beyond.

Won't this cause further division in the secular movement?
On the contrary -- we hope Secular Woman will bring more unity and diversity to the secular movement by making it possible for more women to participate openly and freely in as many secular groups and projects as they wish.

What makes any of you the authority on feminism and secular women?
Our Founding Council is made up of secular women, but we don't claim to be authorities. We do feel that we can be instrumental in bringing the ideas, perspectives, and voices of many kinds of women into the secular movement and American society.

Why didn't you reach out to big name secular women? Are they not supportive? Why aren't they on the board?
We do plan to become more inclusive as the organization grows. We look forward to drawing in many kinds of supporters. We just aren't quite there yet.

What's your position on the sexual harassment issue?
It would be wrong for us to comment on specific situations not directly involving Secular Woman or its Board, so as of our launch we have no official position beyond what is communicated by our mission, vision, and values. Because of our aim to help secular women become more vocal and influential, we do encourage participation in programs such as our anti-harassment policy / procedures registry, which is designed to increase women's comfort level and satisfaction with activities in the secular community.

What's the story behind the logo?
The Secular Woman logo was inspired by the radium atom discovered by Marie Curie, a preeminent secular woman featured as our very first Secular Woman Her / Story. Irene Panchuck was the graphic designer who translated the symbol for radium into the Secular Woman logo. Learn more about Irene's services.

Currently, our 501(c)(3) status is pending approval with the IRS. All donations received during this time may be treated as tax-deductible contributions. We are confident that our application will be successful. However, we are required to inform you that should our application be deferred or denied your donation would not be tax-deductible.

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