Women in Secularism 2 Grant Wrap-up and Winner Announcements

I’m happy to announce the final grant recipients for Women in Secularism 2. Thanks to everyone who donated and to everyone who applied. I couldn’t send all the wonderful people who sent in apps but I’m gosh-darn happy that I raised enough money to send NINE men to the event this year. I knew it was going to be a great conference, and now it’s going to be even better with all the fabulous new attendees. I look forward to meeting all the grant winners in DC and to those of you considering attending, know that there is still time to register for Women in Secularism 2. Please consider attending if you can.

And now I am proud to present the final round of winners for WiS2:


Daniel Linford dan linfordis a graduate student in the philosophy department at Virginia Tech, where he does research on the relationship between 18th century science and 18th century atheism and what that relationship can tell us about the contemporary science/religion controversies. He is also a contributor for the Skeptic-Freethought blogging network. His blog is called, Libere.








Shaun Shaun McGonigalhas been active in the atheist community for more than 10 years as a board member, writer, and frequent volunteer, primarily in the Philadelphia area. He is polyamorous and lives with his family of five which includes his wife Ginny, girlfriend Gina, Gina’s husband Wes, and Wes’ partner Jessie. They all live in a New Jersey suburb near Philadelphia, where they all write for Shaun has a MA in philosophy, a BA in the anthropology of religion, and is an avid reader of both blogs and books.




Rick Robinson edwin robinson loves learning, information and astronomy. Rick is a longtime fan of skepticism and his life was positively influenced by Carl Sagan’s “baloney detection kit.” He looks forward to attending WiS2 so he can be exposed to the social justice issues he is not yet fluent in. Rumor has it, some of Rick’s hair may be on the moon.




Kory Blinn kory blinnis a skeptical, Atheist, feminist code monkey who lives in Washington, DC. He thinks the world would be a much better place if everyone would just be a little more rational and a little more compassionate (Ok, maybe a lot more of both of those). He is a huge fan of science, and is inordinately fond of Komodo Dragons. Kory was really inspired by last year’s “Women in Secularism,” and is really grateful for the chance to attend again this year. And if you are from out of town, he will be more than happy to drag you all over his favorite city’s many fantastic free museums and landmarks (just bring some good walking shoes!).





A BIG congrats to all the winners and a BIG thank you to the donors. Seriously, thank you all for making this event better than ever. Now everyone else, go register for this event!

The first round of grant winners for this event are listed here.

See you in DC!

Amy Roth

Amy Davis Roth (aka Surly Amy) is a multimedia, science-loving artist who resides in Los Angeles, California. She makes Surly-Ramics and is currently in love with pottery. Daily maker of art and leader of Mad Art Lab. Support her on Patreon. Tip Jar is here.

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