Monette Richards

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Monette Richards is a secular activist and feminist.[1] She is currently the president of Center for Inquiry Northeast Ohio.[2] She is a co-founder of Akron Women in Tech, and a founder of Secular Women Work.[3] She is presently the president of Secular Woman.[4]

Richards has also organized their Secular Summit for several years, run workshops at Skepticon and planned a mini book tour of the Midwest for author atheist author Greta Christina.[5]

Monette Richards' personal life and activism

See also: Atheist feminism and Atheism and women's rights and Atheism and women

According to the Center for Inquiry:

Ms. Richards’ parents’ own distancing from their religious upbringing contributed to her lifelong atheism. The most recent and blatant encroachment of religious ideology into women’s civil rights has forced her into activism, starting with the tweeting, filming and livestreaming of the UniteWomen Ohio event in April 2012. Attending CFI’s Women in Secularism conference that same year motivated her to get involved even more.[6]

According to the Secular Woman website:

Monette Richards experienced her first taste of sexism when she had to fight her way into the boys' baseball league at age 11. Later, having to demand entrance to the higher math classes into which boys were readily welcomed was another lesson of how society defined gender roles. The most recent and blatant encroachment of religious ideology into women's civil rights has forced her into activism, starting with the tweeting, filming and livestreaming of the UniteWomen Ohio event in April 2012...

When not working or volunteering for the ACLU, PPAO, NARAL, or local candidates, Ms. Richards can be found riding her motorcycles, knitting or gaming.[7]

Monette Richards and Secular Woman attempting to get the United Nations to revoke Atheist Alliance International's special consultative status

In October 2019, David Silverman was hired to be the Executive Director of Atheist Alliance International.[8] In 2018, Silverman was fired from the American Atheists organization after allegations of financial conflicts and sexual assault.[9]

David Silverman indicated that Secular Woman and its president Monette Richards was trying to get the United Nations to revoke AAI's special consultative status with the UN in order to punish AAI for hiring Silverman.[10]

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