A woman from New Jersey has stolen a flock of chickens and is hiding them in her basement. Another is working undercover at a dairy farm and plans, very soon, to liberate Cow No. 17, whom she has grown to love. A third tells the story of how she can no longer eat in any restaurant that is not vegan, since every time she does she ends up yelling at a stranger, telling him just how that piece of meat got on his plate. Heads around the room nod.

These testimonials were at a recent meeting of Vegan Lady Boss, which describes itself as “a global network of vegan women of all identities + backgrounds who meet to advance their advocacy + professional development.” Think Lean In for the meat-and-dairy-averse. There were about 80 women in the room.