Stef McGraw is the Vice President for the University of Northern Iowa Freethinkers and Inquirers and current CFI On Campus intern. She majors in philosophy and Spanish.
In late 2011, Republican hopeful Ron Paul had his sights set on winning Iowa. Unlike most GOP candidates, however, the bulk of his volunteers were not old white men or Christian housewives--they were college students.
The cause of secularism in the United States is one about which most of us in "the movement" feel passionate. Religious dogma poisons LGBT equality and attempts to set back rights for women. Prayer at public high school commencements and nativity scenes on town hall front lawns send the message to non-believers and those of other faiths that they are institutionally undervalued. "In God We Trust" on our money and "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance are minor, yet lingering reminders that atheism is looked on with disdain by many Americans.
I’m here to give you all an update on what I’ve been doing as CFI On Campus intern, and what it’s like to work here.
Last weekend, I worked and attended CFI’s Women in Secularism Conference in Washington, DC. One of the many awesome speakers was a woman named Bernice Sandler. While she isn’t a big name in the secular movement, anyone who cares about feminism should familiarize herself or himself with her work. Sometimes referred to as the “Godmother of Title IX,” Sandler has a long list of accomplishments regarding sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including being the first person to testify in front of a congressional committee to address sex discrimination in education.
It's my second week as a CFI On Campus intern, so I thought I'd tell you all a bit about myself. My name is Stef McGraw, and I'm a senior philosophy and Spanish double major at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. I'm currently the Vice President of my campus group, the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers (UNIFI).