Why Women Are Too Polite About Religion

Featuring: Rebecca Goldstein, Susan Jacoby



Prominent secular scholars Rebecca Goldstein and Susan Jacoby discuss the unique cultural expectations for women regarding religion. Touching on themes of motivation for religious participation, family pressure, and even the politeness of female atheists, Goldstein and Jacoby examine the phenomenon.

Rebecca Goldstein is an award-winning philosopher and author, whose most recent book is Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away. In 2105, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama. She is also the recipient of the Richard Dawkins Award, the National Jewish Book Award and numerous other honors.

Susan Jacoby is an award-winning author and journalist, particularly noted for her writings on the history of American freethought. Jacoby began her career as a reporter at The Washington Post and has continued to have her articles and essays appear in numerous publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The American Prospect, Harper’s, Mother Jones, The Nation, Glamour, Vogue, and AARP Magazine.