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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:

Magazine: Obama Administration's Campus Sexual Guidelines Built on a Psychologist's Shaky Research

August 28 2015


Bye-Bye Rule of Law?

August 28 2015


Horror in Virginia

August 27 2015


Free Beacon: Only One Woman Running for President Pays Women as Much as Men

August 26 2015


IG Report: Ambassador Caroline Kennedy's Tokyo Embassy Is a Total Mess

August 26 2015


Judges:Looks Like Four Campus Rape Tribunals Not Really Big on Due Process

August 25 2015


Hillary Clinton: I Will Tell You When to Sell Your Stocks

August 25 2015


Will Surging Fiorina Be at the Grown-Ups' Table for Second Debate?

August 24 2015


Authoritarian Regimes: We Can't Wait Until the U.S. Cedes Oversight of the Internet!

August 24 2015


Gramm: Yes, Obama Transformed America, but His Legacy Won't Last

August 24 2015


Ruling in Rape Case May Bolster Due Process Rights

August 20 2015


A Sense of Huma: "Do You Know Who I Am?"

August 20 2015


Hey, Mullahs, You Can Just Do Your Own Inspections!

August 19 2015


Now There Are Three: GOP Candidates Unveil ObamaCare Replacement Plans

August 19 2015


The Real War on ISIS: Yazidi Women Take Up Arms

August 19 2015


Unions: Raise the Minimum Wage . . . And Then Give Us a Waiver

August 18 2015


Instead of "Great" Leaders, We Should Just Return to the Constitution

August 18 2015


What Happens When Charities Become Federal Contractors?

August 18 2015


President Obama and the Downsizing of the American Dream

August 18 2015


Arrests Down, Crime Up: Wonder If There Could Be a Correlation?

August 17 2015


Labor Department Wants You to Meet Your New Financial Adviser: Mr. Robo-Call

August 17 2015


How Scared Should You Be of Gluten?

August 17 2015


Why Are College Students Afraid of Ideas?

August 14 2015


Does Religious Liberty Have a Prayer?

August 14 2015


Parsing the Latest Hillary News

August 14 2015


Not Exactly Cinderella Stories . . .

August 13 2015


When the FBI Comes Calling, It's Not the "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy"

August 13 2015


If You Like What the EPA Did to the Animas River, You'll Love Its New Redistribution Provisions

August 13 2015


New Hires At Wendy's Will be . . . Robots

August 11 2015


Profile in Courage: I've Had Enough of the Kardashians

August 11 2015


Hillary's Choice

August 11 2015


Hillary's New "Debt-Free" College Proposals

August 10 2015


A Flaw in the "Missing Man" Theory

August 10 2015


When The Donald Met The Megyn

August 10 2015


Real War on Women: Number of Women Not in Labor Force Reaches Record High

August 7 2015


Biggest Winner: Carly Fiorina

August 7 2015


Dershowitz on the Iran Deal: The Founders Would Be Shocked

August 6 2015


A Disgraceful Speech

August 6 2015


Which GOP Candidate Has the Most Grammatical Supporters?

August 6 2015


Wage Gap Update: Young Women Recently Out of College with Right Majors Out-earning Guys

August 5 2015


Netflix's New Maternity and Paternity Paid Leave Policy

August 5 2015


Just one Elizabeth Warren isn't enough--at least for progressives!

August 5 2015


New Poll: Hillary Is Slipping Among Women

August 5 2015


New Clean Power Plan Regulations: Disastrous for Too Many States

August 4 2015


Female Martial Arts Athlete Scores Knockout on Pay Gap Question

August 3 2015


What Do the $15 Minimum Wage and the Euro Have in Common?

August 3 2015


Safe Campus Act Opponent Attacks Due Process

August 3 2015


Social Security and the Asterisk

July 31 2015


Profile In Courage: Mrs. Clinton Says She Will Reveal Her Opinion on the Keystone Pipeline *AFTER* She is President

July 31 2015


Fun Clip: Chris Matthews Ask DWS the Difference Between a Democrat and a Socialist. Twice

July 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


Planet Cynical: Valerie Jarrett’s transparently false claims on salary transparency • WIBC Greg Garrison

April 17 2014


Battle of the Ages: Boomers vs Millennials • Stossel

February 27 2014


Hays • Feminization of poverty is a real problem • Garrison on 93WIBC (01.16.14)

January 16 2014


Hays • Why is it so difficult for new college graduates to get hired? • WPHT Dom Giordano (12.18.13)

December 18 2013


Hays • Contraception fight goes to court on religious freedom grounds • Wash Post TV (12.4.13)

December 4 2013


Charlotte Hays joins AM Colorado to discuss the Congressional SNAP challenge

June 24 2013


Charlotte Hays joins the Andy Caldwell Show to discuss why women do not need more government protection

June 11 2013


Charlotte Hays sets the record straight on the pay gap on WGTK's Joe Elliot Show

June 11 2013


Charlotte Hays discusses how women are exceeding men financially and educationally on the Bill Meyer Show

March 26 2013


Charlotte Hays discusses some surprising new Census data on just how far women have come on the Vicki McKenna Show

March 25 2013


Charlotte Hays discusses the sequester and the President's visit to Israel on the Andy Caldwell Show

March 21 2013


Charlotte Hays discusses the soda ban and Mayor Bloomberg on the Lockwood Phillips Show

March 13 2013


Charlotte Hays discusses the sequester on the Andy Caldwell Show

March 8 2013


Charlotte Hays discusses VAWA on the Reid Mullins Show

March 4 2013


Charlotte Hays discusses sequestration and VAWA on The Andy Caldwell Show

February 21 2013


Charlotte Hays discusses what to expect in the State of the Union Address on Conservative Commandos Radio Show

February 12 2013


Charlotte Hays discusses the war against boys on KFKA's AM Colorado

February 11 2013


Charlotte Hays discusses boys being boys and underachievement in school on The Diane Jones Morning Show

February 8 2013


Charlotte Hays discusses Panetta's call to lift ban for women in combat on the Casey Hendrickson Show

January 24 2013


Charlotte Hays discusses women in combat on the Vicki McKenna Show

January 24 2013


Charlotte Hays discusses the record number of women in Senate with Reid Mullins

January 4 2013


Charlotte Hays discusses Jovan Belcher's brutal crime and guns with Andy Caldwell

December 5 2012


Charlotte Hays discusses women's trust issues with the GOP on the Bill LuMaye Show

November 15 2012


Charlotte Hays discusses the GOP women problem with KVI's John Carlson

November 13 2012


Charlotte Hays discusses new polling and disappearing gender gap on WOWO with Casey Hendrickson

October 9 2012


Charlotte Hays discusses the culture of dependency on the Andy Caldwell Show

September 28 2012


Charlotte Hays reacts to the final evening of the DNC on The Schilling Show

September 7 2012


When Pigs Fly

August 21 2015


The Forgotten Trump

August 14 2015


Daddy Dearest

August 10 2015


It Takes an Entourage

August 5 2015


Hillary's Jet and Other Global Climate Phonies

July 31 2015


The War on Ordinary People

July 17 2015


Sacramento School: Hey, Let's Dumb Down Education for Immigrants!

July 4 2015


Happy Postmodern Father’s Day!

June 22 2015


New Indiana Rape Law: Anti-Rapist Rather than Anti-Man

June 19 2015


Charnice Milton, An American Daughter

June 5 2015


Teen Genius Solves College Loan Conundrum that So Baffles President Obama

May 22 2015


Carly Fiorina and the F-Word

May 8 2015


FEC Hearts Hillary

April 24 2015


I Blame “Jackie”: But Rolling Stone and the Columbia J School "Sleuths" Deserve Much More Blame

April 10 2015


Like a Rolling Stone: You Don’t Have to Have Two Pulitzers Under Your Belt to Know How the Magazine Got it Wrong

March 26 2015


Hard Drives

March 12 2015


Net Neutrality Will Become the Internet’s ObamaCare

February 27 2015


College Experiment: You’re Not Doomed Without A Degree

February 13 2015


Are You Still Charlie?

January 30 2015


Our Misplaced Faith in the Magical Power of "Education"

January 16 2015


GQ, We’re Not Laughing With You, But At You

December 19 2014


The Legacy of Michael Brown and the Future of Young Black Men

December 5 2014


A Tale of Two Substances

November 21 2014


Bye-bye, Sandra Fluke. Hello, Joni Ernst

November 7 2014


A Glimmer of Hope for American Academia?

October 24 2014


Ebola and the Affordable Care Act

October 10 2014


How I Wish “Watters World” Had Covered the People’s Climate March

September 26 2014


Has the "War on Women" Jumped the Shark?

September 12 2014


United in Hatred: Occupy and Ferguson

August 29 2014


"Affirmative Consent" Laws Create More Confusion and Problems Than They Would Solve

August 15 2014


American Grocery Bills Resemble Life in "The Hunger Games"

August 1 2014


Schumer: You Don’t Have to Convert But You Might Not Be Able to Do Business Either

July 18 2014


POTUS and FLOTUS Want Malia and Sasha to Experience Minimum Wage Jobs: The Girls Could Learn a Lot

July 4 2014


Hunger in America: Kids of Ivy League Parents Starving without Michelle Obama’s Intervention

June 20 2014


A Soldier for the Age of Obama?

June 6 2014


Dangerous Women: Jill and Hillary

May 23 2014


Boko Haram: Hillary's Bad Choices

May 9 2014


Hillary: The Achievement Gap

April 25 2014


Planet Cynical: Valerie Jarrett’s Transparently False Claims on Salary Transparency

April 11 2014


The Snake Pit: Michelle Obama’s hell hole of an East Wing

March 28 2014


The Bossy Chronicles

March 13 2014


The New Courtiers: Or Things You Can No Longer Say “in the Shadow of the West Wing”

February 28 2014


Rules of Engagement for the "War on Women"

January 31 2014


The Itsy-Bitsy Speech

January 29 2014


Five Reasons Not to Take The Shriver Report Seriously—and One Reason to Take It Very, Very Seriously

January 21 2014


What Happened When North Carolina Slashed Unemployment Benefits? People Got Jobs…Weird

January 17 2014


Obama: The Enemy of “Lives as Usual”

January 3 2014


The Unappealing Spectacle of Wretched Excess

December 20 2013


When Did Class Warfare Become the New Normal?

December 6 2013


Why White Trash Habits Keep Grads in the Parental Basement

December 3 2013


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