Monette Richards

Center for Inquiry — Cleveland, Ohio

Monette Richards is currently the president of CFI Northeast Ohio. Monette has organized their Secular Summit since 2013, and planned and run successful workshop tracks at Skepticon. She is a co-founder of Akron Women in Tech, and a founder of Secular Women Work. She is currently the president of Secular Woman.

Ms. Richards' parents' own distancing from their religious upbringing contributed to her lifelong atheism. The most recent and blatant encroachment of religious ideology into women's civil rights has forced her into activism, starting with the tweeting, filming and livestreaming of the UniteWomen Ohio event in April 2012. Attending CFI's Women in Secularism conference that same year motivated her to get involved even more.

As someone who identifies as a feminist and as a non-academic, she is interested in making the atheist movement accessible and relevant to more communities.

Monette can be contacted via email.

Photo by Steve Solomon

Topic(s): Activism & Organizing, Social Issues & Movements

Sub-topic(s): Community group organizing, Lobbying, Starting a group, Women & gender