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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:

Confronted by Reality of $15 Minimum Wage, Bernie Sanders Does What Any Employer Would: Cut Hours

July 22 2019

Adults Can Steer Students Away From Colleges They Can't Afford

July 19 2019

Latest Non-Inclusive Word: American

July 18 2019

Recent Court Rulings May Signal Return to Due Process in Campus Sexual Accusation Cases

July 18 2019

Angry Politicians Living Rent-Free in Your Head?

July 17 2019

"Woke Assimilation"

July 16 2019

Oh, No: Prince Charles Predicts End of World. Again

July 15 2019

Columnist: The Citizenship Question Is About More than Numbers

July 15 2019

Kamala Harris' Housing Plan Leaves Out the Most Important Element of Owning a Home

July 12 2019

Carl Bernstein: Hey, Fellow Journalists, We Need to Find Out Who These Strange Trump Supporters Are

July 11 2019

Florida Retiree Faces Loss of Home after City Fines Him $30,00 Fine for Overgrown Yard

July 10 2019

Policies that Create Homelessness

July 9 2019

America's Democratic Ideals Make for Great Female Athletes

July 9 2019

"Speaking Bitterness": From Mao to Now

July 8 2019

An "Education Horror Story" Ignored as NEA Holds Out Tin Cup for 2020 Candidates

July 8 2019

New Jobs Report Counters Dickensian Picture of Economy Peddled in Democratic Debates

July 5 2019

Need Further Proof that Charters Provide Better Educational Outcomes?

July 3 2019

Two Truths and a Lie: Payday Loans

July 2 2019

The Beating of Andy Ngo and the Culture of Contempt

July 2 2019

Where in the World Is Beto O’Rourke?

July 1 2019

Stop Using the Tragic Deaths of Oscar and Valeria Martinez to Promote Hatred

July 1 2019

Should Men Forsake Navy Blue Uniforms to Dress More Like Regency Dandies?

June 28 2019

College Freedom of Association Act Shouldn't Be Necessary--But It Is

June 27 2019

Wayfair Employees Threaten Walkout If Retailer Sells Mattresses and Beds for Migrants at Southern Border

June 26 2019

Columnist: President's Iran About Face on Retaliation was "His Finest Hour"

June 26 2019

Why “Free Stuff” Could Cost Average Americans Dearly

June 25 2019

Harvard Law Professor Explains in New York Times Why Harvard Was Wrong to Make Him Step Down

June 25 2019

Did Justice Alito Signal that He's Willing to Strike a Blow Against the Administrative State?

June 24 2019

"Peace Cross" Ruling: A Victory for Religious Liberty and Pluralism

June 21 2019

Condoleezza Rice Gives NBC's Sheinelle Jones Healthy Dose of Reality on Current Race Relations

June 21 2019

College Professor Traumatizes Student by Assigning Male Writers

June 19 2019

Why Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's Nazi Death Camps Smear Shows a Need for Remedial History Course

June 19 2019

KFF Survey: Most People Don't Realize How Drastically Medicare for All Would Change Things

June 18 2019

U.K. Banning Gender Stereotypes in Advertising--But Just the Harmful Ones

June 17 2019

California's "Free" Medical Care for Illegal Immigrants Will Cost Taxpayers a Bundle

June 17 2019

A Fond Farewell to a Gracious Lady, Sarah Sanders

June 14 2019

Harvard Dean Delivers Maybe Most Depressing Graduation Speech in History

June 14 2019

At Oberlin, a Big Loss for the Student Mob

June 13 2019

Socialism at Work: Ocasio-Cortez Says She Needs a Raise

June 12 2019

Connecticut On Verge of Setting Up Barriers to "Nail Technicians" Finding Work

June 7 2019

Latest Attack on Short-term Loans from Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders

June 6 2019

Are Our Libraries Becoming Daytime Homeless Shelters?

June 5 2019

The Crusade Against Short-Term Loans Moves to California

June 4 2019

New Way to Escape Paying College Loan Debt: Flee the U.S.

June 3 2019

United Nations Deems Siri and Alexa Tools of the Patriarchy

May 30 2019

Does Learning about "White Privilege" Make You More Sympathetic Towards African Americans?

May 29 2019

People Are Talking about Quillette, a High-Brow Publication for Academics. No, Really--It's Hot

May 29 2019

Feminist Author Naomi Wolf's Foundational Factual Error Unmasked on BBC Radio

May 28 2019

Memorial Day, 2019

May 26 2019

Lionel Shriver: We Need to Talk about Those SAT “Adversity Points”

May 24 2019

Having Achieved World Peace, UN Turns Its Attention to Alexa and Siri—Symbols of the Patriarchy

May 31 2019

This Is How Women Voted in the Midterms—and What It Means for Election 2020

November 13 2018

MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace slammed for asking if Melania, Ivanka are 'dead inside' or 'paid off'

June 9 2018

#ChampionWomen Calls Out the Media's Double Standard for Women • Vicki McKenna Show

June 6 2018

IWF Statement on Former First Lady Barbara Bush

April 17 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

Seattle's war on business won't help combat homelessness

May 16 2018

'Freedom of speech' is too sophisticated a concept for today's illiberal students

March 9 2018

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


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

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