Author Bridget Gaudette
I'm an ex-Jehovah's Witness with a focus on Black atheism, humanism, and sex-positive dialogue. | @BridgetGaudette
I read a petition today that was encouraging atheists, skeptics and secular groups to support feminism and diversity. A very worthy cause. I was bothered by something in the intro though, “We’ve chosen to put our names to this petition because we want to respond to a video created by a blogger calling himself Thunderfoot”. No. Can it not be about that please? Can it be about us valuing feminism and diversity?
If you do, value diversity and feminism, I’d like to highlight some groups that are specifically focused on doing just that and at the end offer some suggestions for those who are truly committed to it.
The American Humanists Association has a Feminist Caucus. Blog about it. Donate to it. Spread the word. OFFER TO HELP.
Secular Woman. Blog about it. Donate to it. Spread the word. OFFER TO HELP.
Black Nonbelievers. Blog about it. Donate to it. Spread the word. OFFER TO HELP.
Hispanic American Freethinkers. Blog about it. Donate to it. Spread the word. OFFER TO HELP.
Filipino Freethinkers. Blog about it. Donate to it. Spread the word. OFFER TO HELP.
Black Freethinkers. Blog about it. Donate to it. Spread the word. OFFER TO HELP.
I could go on and on.
Look at their missions and goals. SUPPORT THEM. And while you’re at it, check out the groups that make atheists look good for their charitable work like Foundation Beyond Belief (by the way, the staff is over half women.. ask the Executive Director how he was able to have a diverse, atheist staff).
Offer real world action steps. Find people trained in creating best practice models for organizational diversification, talent attraction and retention. Raise money if you must for their services. There are consultants that do this work for a living. I doubt any organizational leaders will turn down this type of assistance if you raise the money to hire them. Suggest avenues of outreach for females and other minority groups and perhaps the leaders will incorporate this into their strategic planning. And again, we atheists are pretty good at raising money, hire a consult to help the organizations in the movement accomplish these goals and address the problems we’ve been talking about for years.
Blogging, vlogging and petitions only do so much. We need to support the individuals and groups already actively working on these issues and use established business practices to make diversity a reality.
What are we waiting for?