Category Archives: women’s rights

May 9 in freethought history…

May 9, 1960 – The US Food and Drug Administration approves the first commercial birth control pill. “The Pill,” as it was called, offered an unprecedented level of reproductive freedom to women. It was, predictably, praised by some as a … Continue reading

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Podcast #248 – Cruz Is No Lucifer, but Trump Might Be the Anti-Christ

Recently retired Speaker of the House John Boehner told a Stanford University audience that  Texas Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz was “Lucifer in the flesh” and “the most miserable son of a bitch” he’s ever worked with. Nobody’s less happy … Continue reading

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May 5 in freethought history…

May 5, 1921 - Lesbian activist Del Martin is born Dorothy Louise Taliaferro in San Francisco, California. With longtime partner Phyllis Lyon, she co-founded the Daughters of Bilitis (America’s first lesbian organization) in 1955, and in 1964, Martin and Lyon co-founded … Continue reading

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April 27 in freethought history…

April 27, 1759 – Pioneering feminist Mary Wollstonecraft is born in London, England. She is best known for her bestselling and influential book Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792). Wollstonecraft died due shortly after giving birth to her daughter Mary … Continue reading

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April 26 in freethought history…

April 26, 1995 – American socialist and civil libertarian Corliss Lamont idies in Ossining, New York, aged 93. He was director of the American Civil Liberties Union for 30 years, and like many leftists of the early 20th century, first praised … Continue reading

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April 2 in freethought history…

April 2, 1917 – Businessman and philanthropist Lloyd Morain, who served two terms (1951-1955, 1969-1972) as President of the American Humanist Association, is born in Pomona, California. With his wife Mary Morain, he was active in humanist and birth control causes. … Continue reading

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March 25 in freethought history…

March 25, 1811 – Oxford expells student Percy Bysshe Shelley for authoring and distributing a pamphlet titled “The Necessity of Atheism.” Shelley went on to become one of the most influential poets of the Romantic movement. He died in Italy … Continue reading

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March 18 in freethought history…

March 18, 1898 – Abolitionist, suffragist, social activist and freethinker Matilda Joslyn Gage dies in Chicago, Illinois, aged 71. As a young woman, she participated in the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to freedom. She was a leader in the women’s suffrage … Continue reading

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February 25 in freethought history…

February 25, 1924 – British feminist and secularist Kate Watts (born Eunice Kate Nowlan c. 1848) dies. Although she was the wife of Charles Watts (co-founder and president of Britain’s National Secular Society) and the mother of Charles Albert Watts (founder … Continue reading

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February 22 in freethought history…

February 22, 1788 – Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer is born in what is now Gdansk, Poland. He is best known for his magnum opus The World As Will and Representation. His belief in the will-to-life as the underlying force in the world … Continue reading

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