Speakers – 2018

Join us in celebrating Women’s Equality Day. This year we are pleased to present nine women from the atheist and secular community. These speakers will enlighten you on the latest ideas on church-state and atheist issues in the US.

As of July 4, 2018, we have confirmed nine “Women of Secularism”, listed below.

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Jennifer Ouellette is the author of four popular science books, most recently Me, Myself, and Why: Searching for the Science of Self (2014), and The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse (2010). She is former science editor of Gizmodo, a popular technology/science daily news blog that garners over 35 million page views per month. Her freelance work has appeared in DiscoverSlateSalonSmithsonianMental FlossAltaPacific Standard, and New Scientist, among other venues. From November 2008 to October 2010, she was the founding director of the Science and Entertainment Exchange, a Los Angeles-based initiative of the National Academy of Sciences aimed at fostering creative collaborations between scientists and entertainment industry professionals in Hollywood. She holds a black belt in jujitsu, and lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, Caltech physicist Sean (M.) Carroll.

Amy Boyle: Founding member & Executive Director of Sunday Assembly Los Angeles and a Trustee of Sunday Assembly America.



Susan Gerbic: Affectionately called the Wikipediatrician, Susan Gerbic is the founder of Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW), Monterey County Skeptics and is a self-proclaimed skeptical junkie. A Skeptical Inquirer contributor Gerbic is a fellow of CSI and winner of the James Randi Foundation award for 2017. In 2018, Susan founded and manages About Time a non-profit organization focusing on scientific skepticism and activism. While her particular focus has been “Grief Vampires” (psychics), her activism encompasses all areas of skepticism.

Billie Guerrero is a senior at the University of La Verne where she is pursuing a degree in Anthropology and is currently the Skeletal Collections curator for the Anthropology Department. She is also an Outreach/Collections Assistant at the Raymond Alf Museum of Paleontology. In the summer of 2017, Billie traveled to Kenya, Africa to conduct paleontological research in The East African Rift Valley, and this Summer, she is teaching Paleontology at the Webb Schools. 

Marissa Alexa McCool, 32, is a podcaster, author, performer, speaker, and an LGBT rights/atheist activist. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 with three degrees. She blends her theatrical background and fiery passion for atheism, secular humanist values, and intersectionality. • She burst on the scene with an immediate post-election book/rant called The PC Lie: How American Voters Decided I Don’t Matter. She has written five more books, including most recently Once Unspoken: A Series of Monologues From the Previously Unheard; a take on the Vagina Monologues that, with 30 contributors, focuses on the experiences of those who are queer and people of color. She’s hosted over 200 podcast episodes, most notable being The Inciting Incident Podcast, and guested on hundreds of others.

Anondah Saide: As an interdisciplinary researcher, Anondah Saide examines how culture shapes the way people reason about the world around them. She’s currently involved in several large-scale collaborative studies with children and adults from diverse religious backgrounds. In one research project, she is examining how children from secular and religious households learn about immaterial religious and scientific concepts. In another study, she is investigating the relationship between psychological well-being and the holding of scientific versus religious worldviews. Anondah’s work has been published in both academic peer-reviewed and popular science outlets. She has taught critical thinking at Chapman University and will be a visiting assistant professor at the University of North Texas after completing her Ph.D. in developmental psychology this summer.

Mariam Shareefy is an Afghan Socialist, Humanist and women’s rights activist.



Sabrina Stierwalt: Research scientist at NASA & Caltech and a science podcaster (Everyday Einstein).



Alice Vaughn is the COO of The Science Enthusiast Network with a reach of 50 million per month. She is also the founder of Offensive Crayons, a wildly viral product banned from Amazon, Twitter, and sometimes Facebook ads. She provides private consulting for nonprofits and thought leaders on strategy and marketing. When she’s not stretching herself thin, she lives in Manhattan and renovates her castle on the weekends. 


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