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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:

A Modest Proposal to Rein in the Powerful Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

June 23 2017


Hoff Sommers: Biggest Threat to Free Speech Is Intersectionality

June 22 2017


Female Democratic Senators Snub Female Muslim Reformers Testifying before Senate Committee

June 22 2017


Study: Unemployed Americans Say Crackdown on Illegal Immigration Would Help Them

June 16 2017


Civility Update: President Trump Booed at Unity Ballgame

June 16 2017


Paglia Speaks on Trump's Successes and Chuck Schumer's Failure in a New Interview

June 15 2017


GOP Leaders Commendably Avoid Playing Blame Game after Shooting of Rep. Scalise

June 15 2017


There May Be a Path to Lasting Tax Cuts with 51 Votes

June 14 2017


Much Rending of Garments and Gnashing of Teeth over (Modest) Cuts Proposed for Ed Department Budget

June 13 2017


To Paraphrase Middlebury's President on Suppression of Ideas in Academia: Blah, Blah, Blah

June 13 2017


Guess What Washington Post Forgot to Mention in Report on Anniversary of Orlando Nightclub Massacre?

June 12 2017


Should California Test Drive Single-Payer?

June 12 2017


Steve Forbes: Keep Deregulating, Mr. President

June 9 2017


The Riddle of Skyrocketing College Tuition: It May Not Be What You Think

June 8 2017


DOJ Ends Obama Era Shadow Slush Fund for Activist Organizations

June 7 2017


Federalism at Work: States Reforming Medicaid

June 7 2017


Dalrymple on "Creative Appeasement"

June 6 2017


Diminishing Financial Returns on the College Degree

June 5 2017


Misnomer Alert: Colleges Celebrate Diversity with Separate Commencements

June 5 2017


Is an Ariana Grande Concert Really the Best Way to Combat Terrorism?

June 5 2017


Emotion Emissions: Gulfstream Class Reacts to Paris Agreement Withdrawal

June 2 2017


Hillary Clinton, Conspiracy Theorist

June 1 2017


Top Female CEOs Making More Than Male Counterparts

May 31 2017


No, the Trump Budget Would Not "Gut" Federal Disability Insurance

May 30 2017


The Shoving

May 26 2017


Understanding Washington's Constant Hysteria

May 26 2017


Straddling Two Worlds? Not Really

May 25 2017


See No Evil. Hear No Evil. Speak No Evil

May 24 2017


Economist: Trump's "Mad Genius Budget" Will Cut Bloat

May 23 2017


. . . Who Was Known to the Authorities

May 23 2017


Donald of Arabia

May 22 2017


State Learns Hard Way that There Are Limits to Taxing the Rich

May 19 2017


A Failing High School and What We Can't Say

May 18 2017


The Real Cost of Single-Payer

May 17 2017


Mother's Day in Tweets

May 15 2017


Wrapping Bookstores in Red Tape

May 11 2017


Fixing Obama Administration's Title IX Guidelines Will Not Be So Easy

May 10 2017


Trump Judicial Nominations: Time to Redress an Imbalance

May 9 2017


St. Louis Post-Dispatch Suspends Pro-Gun Pundit--She Fires Back by Resigning

May 5 2017


She Still Can't Take Responsibility

May 3 2017


The Lie Behind the "Tax Cuts for the Rich" Rhetoric

May 3 2017


Phyllis Chesler Is Latest Disinvited Campus Speaker

May 2 2017


Marie Antoinette Lives!

May 2 2017


Disgraceful "Jokes" at White House Correspondents Dinner

May 1 2017


Indiana Frees the Braiders

May 1 2017


Booing Ivanka Trump

April 28 2017


The New Nullifiers Are Playing with Fire

April 27 2017


Remembering Kate O'Beirne

April 26 2017


Is Wintour Thawing?

April 26 2017


The Resistance's First 100 Days

April 26 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


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


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


Don’t look now, New England, but political correctness can bite you, too

October 16 2015


Ian Mercer: Gun Control Lecturer

October 9 2015


Progressive Officials: Murdered Woman Should Have Known It Was Unsafe to Visit Mom in Public Housing

September 25 2015


How Achilles Can Help Us Understand Donald Trump

September 11 2015


State of Media Culture: Cop Killer Tweeter Is New York Magazine Martyr

September 11 2015


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