From Feminist to Freethought Founder

The Legacy of Anne Nicol Gaylor

Featuring: Annie Laurie Gaylor



As a fiery advocate for contraception and abortion rights and the founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Anne Nicol Gaylor's legacy affects all those who care about both women's rights and secularism today. As her daughter and Freedom From Religion Foundation Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor discusses in this talk, Anne Nicol Gaylor saw the intersection of feminism and freethought as vital to her work, living her life as a controversial activist who—luckily for us—never kept quiet about either topic.

Annie Laurie Gaylor, a third-generation freethinker, co-founded FFRF with her mother Anne Gaylor as a college student in 1976. She served as editor of Freethought Today, FFRF’s newspaper, from 1985 to 2009. Her book, Woe to the Women: The Bible Tells Me So, first published by FFRF in 1981, is in its 4th printing. In 1988, FFRF published Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children, the first book documenting widespread sexual abuse by clergy. Her 1997 anthology, Women Without Superstition: 'No Gods, No Masters,’ is the first collection of the writings of historic and contemporary women freethinkers.

This presentation was given at the Women in Secularism 4 Conference in Washington, DC on Saturday, September 24th, 2016.