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Charlotte Hays

Director of Cultural Programs, Senior Editor

Charlotte Hays is IWF's senior editor and director of cultural program.

Hays gets up most mornings and contributes to the Inkwell, the weblog of the Independent Women's Forum. Hays joined the Independent Women's Forum in 1999 as editor of The Women's Quarterly. When the quarterly evolved into our web operation, Hays became a senior editor.

Known for her quick and irreverent sense of humor, Hays has appeared on cable television programs such as Politically Incorrect, C-Span's Washington Journal, and PBS's To the Contrary. A former correspondent for the National Catholic Register and a feature writer at The Washington Times, Hays has been fascinated by politics since covering local politics for alternative weeklies in New Orleans. She is coauthor of three humorous books on southern culture, the first of which was the best-selling Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral. She is also author of Fortune Hunters, a book on what it takes to make a Midas marriage. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street JournalNew York magazine, the Washington Post’s “Book World,” and the Weekly Standard.

Hays has recently returned to IWF after several years of serving as editor of In Character, A Journal of Everyday Virtues, which was published by the John Templeton Foundation.mes, Hays has been fascinated by politics since covering local politics for alternative weeklies in New Orleans.

Recent Articles:

Real People and Small Dollar Loans

February 21 2018


The Florida Shooting Brought Out the Best in a Lot of People. But Not Everybody

February 21 2018


Marines Quietly Eliminate Physical Standard Women Find Almost Impossible to Pass

February 20 2018


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Concerned that Accused Sometimes Denied Due Process in Title IX Cases on Campus

February 20 2018


Could the Parkland School Massacre Have Been Prevented?

February 16 2018


Antifa Tries to Prevent Former Google Tech Nerd James Damore from Speaking on Campus

February 16 2018


Are Students Actually Being Trained to Be Intolerant?

February 15 2018


A Husband's Tribute to His Wife, a Holocaust Survivor Who Knew She Could Do Anything She Wanted to Do

February 14 2018


Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day

February 14 2018


More on Western Media Darling Kim Yo Jong's Day Job

February 14 2018


Counterintuitive: It Is a LACK of Ideology that Has Made Current Politics so Vicious

February 13 2018


Media Swoons over Representative of Most Repressive Regime on Earth

February 12 2018


Nanny State: Laundry Pods Should Have Labels Reminding People Not to Eat Them

February 9 2018


Kenyon Seems to be Latest Prestige College to Abandon Ideal of a Liberal Education

February 8 2018


Fred Wambier Will Be a Powerful Witness at the Winter Olympics

February 8 2018


Despite Rhetoric Endorsing Freedom of Speech, Academia Can't Handle Dissent

February 7 2018


MSNBC's Katy Tur Condescends to Americans Pleased with Bonuses

February 6 2018


San Diego State U Goes All-in for "Diversity"

February 6 2018


Blow-Drying without a License Can Carry Jail Time in Arizona

February 6 2018


Divided Nation: Even Our TV Taste Reflects the Political Divide

February 5 2018


What Happens When Public Schools Become Social Justice Factories?

February 2 2018


Why Can't Sexual Harassers Act More Like Romance Heroes?

February 2 2018


Charter Schools Seen as Solution to New York's Racial Achievement Gap

February 1 2018


American Women Are Having More Babies

January 31 2018


More on President Trump's First State of the Union Address

January 31 2018


Women's March Participant Has Second Thoughts

January 30 2018


When "Protecting" Consumers Actually Narrows Their Choices

January 30 2018


Why Class Warfare Rhetoric Is Unlikely to Work Against Tax Reform

January 26 2018


Celebrities to Stage "People's State of the Union" to Protest Trump

January 26 2018


Sarah Huckabee Sanders' Fashion Sense Slammed by . . . Cher

January 25 2018


Major American Companies Voluntarily Adding Paid Leave and Other Benefits for Salaried and Hourly Employees

January 25 2018


Politico Column: Masculinity Is Cause of Mass Shootings

January 24 2018


Growth Seen as the Best Way to Promote Equality

January 23 2018


California Legislators Say State Should Snatch Half of the Tax Cuts of Big Companies

January 22 2018


Why Has the Golden State Beome the Poverty Capital of the U.S.?

January 19 2018


Mona Charen: The Real Message of MeToo

January 19 2018


New York Times: Clinton's Loss Created New Feminist Movement

January 16 2018


Distinctive P-Hat Deemed Offensive to Transgender Women

January 12 2018


FCC Chairman Receives Death Threats over Lifting Obama-Era Net Neutrality

January 12 2018


How Minimum Wage Hike Killed the Five Dollar Footlong in Seattle

January 12 2018


French Cinema Great Catherine Deneuve: NOT MeToo

January 11 2018


Survey: GOP Voters Overwhelmingly Want IPAB Repealed

January 11 2018


The MeToo Movement, Sexual Harassment, and Lost Norms

January 10 2018


Gender Discrimination Suit with a Twist: Former Google Engineer Alleges that Company Discriminates against White Males

January 9 2018


The D.C. Mandate that All Daycare Workers Have a College Degree Nets 400-Plus Pages of Comments from Parents

January 8 2018


Golden Globes Turns Serious Issue of Sexual Misconduct into Mere Fashion Statement

January 8 2018


By the Numbers: Jobs and Food Stamp Use

January 5 2018


Column: If We Want Women to Move Up, We Must Accommodate Moms

January 5 2018


Behind the DOE's Reports of Astonish Improvement in High School Graduation Rates: Unearned Diplomas

January 4 2018


Honey, I Shrank the Federal Workforce

January 3 2018


A weekend about women

August 28 2017


Critics Of Campus Sexual Assault Handlings Prepare For DeVos Meeting

July 12 2017


Fauxcahontas Is No Civil Rights Leader • Garrison

February 9 2017


Jacques: Don’t Blame Sexism For Clinton Loss

November 11 2016


Obamacare's Ultimate Goal: Single Payer • Garrison

October 27 2016


Phyllis Schlafly's Legacy: 'She Encouraged Us To Speak Out And Speak Boldly'

September 7 2016


IWF Pokes Holes In 'Gender Gap'

August 26 2016


Study: It’s ‘Unhealthy’ For Young Men To Be Breadwinners

August 22 2016


More E-Mail Trouble For Hillary Clinton • Garrison

August 12 2016


Men Say They Work More Than Women. Here's The Truth.

June 29 2016


Is Hillary's Nomination A Shining Moment In American History? • Garrison

June 9 2016


Conservative Women: 'Trump Is Todd Akin On Steroids'

March 18 2016


HRC: I'm Going to Put a Lot of Coal Mining Companies out of Business • Conservative Commandos

March 16 2016


Obama's Last-Year "Plans" Under Fire

January 14 2016


Democrats Sexual Abuse Double Standard & Feminist's Unserious Take On Cologne Attacks • Stacy Petty Show

January 12 2016


Will President's Gun Control Executive Order Stop Gun Violence? Probably Not. • Garrison

January 7 2016


Pre-FBN Debate Analysis & GWU's Censored Women's Film Festival • Stacy Petty

November 10 2015


CNBC moderator Becky Quick used discredited wage gap statistics

October 30 2015


Civil War Brewing Over Caitlyn Jenner • Michael Koolidge

October 27 2015


Hillary Wants to Take Your Guns & Benghazi Hearing Analysis • Andy Caldwell

October 22 2015


Joe Biden Says No To 2016 & Second Amendment Under Fire • Conservative Commandos

October 21 2015


Law against discrimination makes hiring women a challenge

October 9 2015


Hillary Clinton and First Democrat Debate • Garrison

October 8 2015


The New Hillary: Suspension of Disbelief • Garrison

October 8 2015


Republicans hope Carly Fiorina will close the electoral gender gap. Here’s why she won’t.

September 28 2015


Trump's Disparaging Remarks on Fiorina's Face • Vicki McKenna

September 10 2015


Advice for young women in the work place • WCBS Pat Carroll

August 31 2015


Gender-equality numbers reliable? Nah, not so much

August 25 2015


'Women's equality' ranking, by state

August 24 2015


The Forgotten Trump, The Rise of Carly, and the Dishonest Hillary • Garrison

August 20 2015


Netflix and other big tech companies extending parental leave policies • One News Now

August 12 2015


Obama's policies an obstacle for startups

August 6 2015


Hillary Clinton's Reset • Conservative Commandos

June 16 2015


Podcast #12: Technology & Taxes: Costly Policies That Affect Consumers

June 11 2015


Podcast #11: Women LEAD Summit: Moving forward with a positive agenda for women

June 2 2015


The rise of Carly Florina • Vicki McKenna

May 28 2015


IRS targeting saved Obama re-election/Iran & Israel/UVA Rape Scandal • Andy Caldwell

April 9 2015


UVA Rolling Stone Report: A Blemish on Professional Journalism • Bill Martinez Live

April 9 2015


UN deems Israel the only violator of women's rights • Bobby Gunther Walsh

March 26 2015


UN deems Israel top violator of women's rights • Schilling Show

March 23 2015


Poverty & Ferguson/Hillary's Hard Drives/Prof wants to bypass Supreme Court • WIBC Garrison

March 19 2015


Hillary's Hard Drives • Conservative Commandos

March 17 2015


Hillary faces test as women's advocate/What happened to the Abbottabad docs? • Andy Caldwell

March 12 2015


How do we bring more women into top jobs? • BBC Radio

March 6 2015


Actress Patricia Arquette Demands Equal Pay in Oscar Speech • WCBM Sean and Frank

February 25 2015


Obama Admistration's Internet Power-Grab • WIBC Garrison

February 12 2015


What's behind "No Gender December" • Rick Amato Show

December 16 2014


Supreme Court says small, private companies don't have to provide contraception • Neal Larson Show

July 1 2014


Under Title IX equal opportunities should not mean equal outcomes • SportsTalk 84 with Lachlan McLean

June 25 2014


Is there a hysteria developing about rape on campus? • WIBC Garrison

June 12 2014


Many of Trump's worst enemies have a lot in common with Obama-era 'birthers'

December 13 2017


Donna Brazile's book accidentally reveals what the Democratic Party really thinks about women

November 7 2017


Harvey Weinstein and the Hollywood/media industrial complex's war on women

October 13 2017


Why the ‘Will & Grace’ Reboot Traffics in Recycled Trump Jokes

October 3 2017


Fight Against School Vouchers Pits a Powerful Educational Establishment Against Low-Income Parents

August 8 2017


Drain the White House Correspondents Dinner!

February 17 2017


Fake News: The Atlantic Smears My Hometown...but Posh Magazines Never Get Called Out for Their Fake News

January 13 2017


Modern Tupperware Parties

December 22 2016


Do the Russkies Deserve the Pulitzky Prize?

December 16 2016


A Civilized Nation Does Not Force Its Women To Fight Its Wars

December 7 2016


Who’s Really Left Behind?: Reconnecting with Middle America Requires More than Messaging

December 2 2016


A Few Words on Infantilizing Feminism and the Campaign Just Ended: The Maturity Gap

November 11 2016


Obama's Fundamental Transformation Is Built on Quicksand; It is about to Become Set in Cement

October 28 2016


Wikileaks: Clinton Campaign Probably Knows the Truth about Job Loss and the $15 Minimum Wage Hike

October 14 2016


Stop and Frisk: The Inner City's Best Friend

September 30 2016


A New Theory of the (Male) Leisure Class

September 16 2016


Don’t Call Me Ms.: The Life and Times of Phyllis Schlafly

September 7 2016


Hooray For The Humanities!

September 1 2016


Long Overdue Wisdom from Donald Trump on Race, Law, and Order

August 19 2016


Second District Court Of Appeals: Two (Genders) Can Tango With Title IX

August 5 2016


Neat Trick: Clinton Plans to Do the Same Old Thing but Get Different Results

July 31 2016


Facing Up To Our Predicament: Stop Calling These Murders "Senseless"

July 22 2016


Mass. Pay Equity Legislation And The ‘War On Work’

July 15 2016


More and More Students Think They’re Oppressed

July 13 2016


Hillary's Scam Vs. Donald's Scam

July 8 2016


Why Is Fingerprinting Such a Sticky Point for Uber?

June 24 2016


D.C. Minimum Wage Hike: Liberals Feel Dandy, Low-Income Kids Get Hurt

June 10 2016


‘Safe Spaces’?: Not For Guys In Our Feminized College Environments

May 17 2016


Hillary Evolves: More Government Needed to Raise Tots

May 13 2016


Is Camilla the Wicked Stepmother in the Royal Family Drama?

May 6 2016


Hillary, Hill, And Jill

April 29 2016


Equal Pay Day: Hillary's Favorite Holiday

April 15 2016


Donald Trump Breathes New Life into Left’s War on Women

March 18 2016


Nancy Reagan: An Alternative Obituary

March 8 2016


Do Or Die Time

February 19 2016


Women In Combat Isn't Just A Women's Issue

February 18 2016


Steinem, Albright Try Bullying Female Voters into Supporting Hillary

February 11 2016


Muslim Women: Obama's Slap in the Face

February 5 2016


Now, What About The 13 Hours Of Hillary Clinton And Barack Obama?

January 22 2016


Will Bill Clinton's Sexual Past Disturb Hillary's "Women As Victim" Ploy?

January 8 2016


President Obama: Perks Are Great but Get Me Outta Here!

December 18 2015


From Cosmo Girl To Catholic Woman: The Story Of One Woman’s Liberation

December 12 2015


Celebrities, Please Stop Talking About Menopause

December 8 2015


Pathetic Protests

December 4 2015


Religion Of Peace?

November 28 2015


#IsWestDead?

November 20 2015


The Media’s Snob Problem: Trump’s Gold Palace and Carson’s Jesus Painting

November 19 2015


Censored Women's Film Festival: Will There Be a Feminist in the Room?

November 6 2015


GOP Candidates Counter Comic-Book CNBC Panel

October 29 2015


Our Old Friend the Wage Gap: It's Not the Real Story from Latest BLS Stats

October 23 2015


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