When we started this organization back in 2010, we never dreamed that we’d be presenting ourselves far outside of the skeptical movement. Our goal was always to bring more women into organized skepticism, if not just to encourage women to think more critically. The Women Thinking Free, or WTF, was a name that said that we were free thinking women who didn’t take ourselves too seriously and that we had a sense of humor in our mission. As an organization with roots deep in the Skepchick community, I felt that the WTF was a name that expressed a lot of my persona, and reflected the tone of the community.
But the Women Thinking Free is growing. And we’re growing up. We’re doing more work on a national level and putting ourselves out to organizations who are less or maybe totally un-familiar with skepticism and the skeptical community. We do great work, and we intend to keep on doing that great work. And while I loathe to take myself seriously, it is time to take my organization seriously. We have a hardworking core of board members and volunteers who work tirelessly, and they deserve to be taken seriously. And we need to tell those who don’t know us that we are an organization worth investing in and believing in. We’re not a dopey bunch of girls who don’t know what WTF means… and we’re not a group who doesn’t care how your organization will look being affiliated with “WTF”.
So we’re changing our name.
We’re still a fun group. We still don’t take ourselves too seriously. The only thing that’s changed is that we’ve realized we’ve created something good enough to present in a way that won’t be dismissed out of hand… and without having to argue over adverbs.
We are now Women Thinking, inc. See? Not a lot has changed. Just a couple of words. We’re still women. We’re still thinking. We’re just a little classier.
So what does the Women Thinking, inc have planned? A lot of the stuff we’ve always had planned. More vaccine clinics and plans to expand our clinics beyond skeptic and geek cons. We will be doing more outreach. Soon, we will be presenting research we’ve been working on with the James Randi Educational Foundation for the past year and a half, and we plan to use that research to create programs that will work to inform and encourage new and expecting parents to vaccinate their children.
And Sasha Pixlee is doing great work running our More Than Men project, a project to get the men of our community to speak up about why diversity matters, while encouraging and inspiring others to take action.
Right now the only roadblock we have to running more clinics and rocking our mission to save the world harder is funds. Every penny helps. Please help us out by donating to Women Thinking, Inc.