Most Influential Female Atheist of 2009? January 1, 2010

Most Influential Female Atheist of 2009?

We’ve seen a list with the men.

Now, Jen offers a list of the women (along with a poll):

I’ve seen various end of the year polls floating around concerning atheism, but they seem to miss a huge part of the atheist movement: the ladies! So here’s a poll focusing just on the female voices of atheism. Who do you think was the most influential female atheist of 2009?

That’s an awesome list — though it’s missing some excellent YouTubers (Laci Green and ZOMGitsCriss come to mind).

I think PZ could still find a way to win, though 🙂

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  • How’s about the Skepchick crew, except that dude, Valarie Tarico, and whether you believe in the historicy of Jesus or not, Archarya S-constantly pointing out the evils of bad religion. BH’s list is much better than mine.


  • maddogdelta

    Do I have to pick just one?

    Wait! I don’t have to pick just one! Whew. There’s just way too much awesomeness there to pick one.

  • muggle

    You know I’m a fan of Annie Laurie Gaylor but Eugenie Scott’s a damned good nominee too.

    However, I think the award should go to ZOMGitsCriss. I think she’s utterly fantastic. I go periodically to check out her page on my own. Her and Pat Condell are the only two I do.

  • ‘I think PZ could still find a way to win, though’
    He might, at that. But do remember, Hemant, you are now down in our books as The Man Who Took On The Pollmaster! Haaaa, small consolation I know. Oh well.

  • Shatterface

    I’ve gone with Ophelia Benson because of her books and her posts on Butterflies and Wheels. She has also consistantly stood up against ‘secular’ nonsense like postmodernism.

  • Bacopa

    Amanda Marcotte: Don’t y’all read Pandagon?

  • Angie

    YES! I’m so happy to see female nonbelievers getting much-deserved attention! My vote is for Julia Sweeney — I adored “Letting Go of God”.

    Still, I’m ill at ease with having Heather MacDonald on the list, given her antifeminist essays.

  • AxeGrrl

    Ok, i’m going to nitpick because of the specific wording of the question: it’s most influential. So, unfortunately, all of the names on the list that are completely unknown by 98% of population don’t qualify, imo.

    That doesn’t mean I don’t think they’re all fabulous and kick-ass (because I do!:), I just don’t think that some of them are exceptionally ‘influential’. Which brings me to who I DO think qualifies in that respect…..

    Who’s the hardest working/most ubiquitous ‘big name’ female atheist around these days? Kathy Griffin !

    When someone garners as MUCH press and discussion for her atheistic/anti-religion comments as KG does, that’s ‘influential’ 🙂 (of course, one could argue that there’s a difference between ‘good’ influential and ‘bad’ influential, but that’s nitpicking too:)

  • Emily

    Ophelia Benson. Very clever, very witty, and extremely prolific.

  • Edmond

    I’ve been an atheist for a long time, but I’m newly discovering the atheist community. The female atheist who’s influenced me the most this past year has been Tracie Harris, easy!

  • PZ will probably nominate his wife just to get his name in.

  • When someone offers an award for most influential, ageing, Nutella-loving, Canadian-living-in-the-bowels-of-the-South, mother of two bi-racial kids, smartass atheist give me a ring won’t you? I’d love to throw myself in for the vote – just make sure there are no grammar clauses, mmmm’k?

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