Annie Laurie Gaylor, a third-generation freethinker, co-founded the Freedom From Religion Foundation with her mother Anne Gaylor, as a college student in 1976. She served as editor of Freethought Today, FFRF’s newspaper, from 1985 to 2009. Her book, Woe to the Women: The Bible Tells Me So, first published by FFRF in 1981, is in its fourth printing.
In 1988, FFRF published Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children, the first book documenting widespread sexual abuse by clergy. Her 1997 anthology, Women Without Superstition: 'No Gods, No Masters,’ is the first collection of the writings of historic and contemporary women freethinkers.
A 1980 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Journalism School, Annie Laurie was an award-winning student reporter and recipient of the Ken Purdy scholarship. In the late 1970s, her student protest ended commencement prayers at the UW-Madison. After graduation, she founded, edited and published the Feminist Connection, a monthly advocacy newspaper, from 1980-1985.
Annie Laurie first joined the FFRF staff in 1985 and she has been Co-President since 2004. She has been plaintiff in or overseen many state/church lawsuits and actions by FFRF.
In her capacity at Co-President of the FFRF, Annie Laurie has appeared on a variety of TV news shows, including Oprah, O’Reilly, Good Morning America, Univision, CNN and FOX news segments, CBS Evening News and ABC World News Tonight.