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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:

Blasey Ford Lawyers Laying Down Terms

September 21 2018


Not a Surprise: Anita Hill Weighs In

September 19 2018


Law Professor: Ford Not Entitled to Set Conditions for Senate Testimony

September 19 2018


Holton-Arms Alumnae Take a Stand on Kavanaugh Accusations

September 18 2018


Lowry: Kavanaugh Meets Kafka In Kangaroo Court

September 18 2018


Jokes at Emmy Awards Ceremony About What You Would Expect

September 18 2018


Hillary Clinton: Our Democracy Is In Peril . . . Because I Lost

September 17 2018


On Jobs and Poverty, the New York Times Willfully Gets It Wrong

September 14 2018


Administrative Bloat Doesn't Promote Scholarship

September 14 2018


Poll: Majority of Americans Support School Choice

September 13 2018


New PC Cry: DON'T Remember the Alamo

September 10 2018


Outstanding Jobs Report: 210,000 New Jobs

September 7 2018


Cynthia Nixon: Pass Single-Payer And THEN Figure Out How To Pay For It

September 6 2018


A Democratic Senator Smears Conservative Justices

September 5 2018


More On Geoffrey Owens, My Trader Joe's Hero

September 5 2018


Behind the Sturm and Drang at the Kavanaugh Hearing: What Is the Role of the Court?

September 4 2018


Debunking Misleading Stats on Sexual Assault on Campus

August 31 2018


New DOE Guidelines Will Aim to End Kangaroo Courts

August 31 2018


All-Star Panel: Is Your College Degree Worth What You Paid for It?

August 30 2018


Will Toxic Political Arena Influence Women to Pursue Careers Elsewhere?

August 30 2018


California Moves to Mandate Female Board Members for Publicly-Traded Companies

August 30 2018


A New Letter from Yale Law Alums Supports Kavanaugh Nomination to Supreme Court

August 29 2018


Senator John McCain, RIP

August 26 2018


Uber Hypocrisy: Ocasio-Cortez Denounces Ride Sharing, But . . .

August 24 2018


No, Our Growing Economy Is Not A "Sugar High"

August 24 2018


Unreliable Metro System Always Has the Tin Cup Out

August 22 2018


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Favorite Coffee Shop Closed Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

August 22 2018


Netflix Cancels Michelle Wolf of White House Correspondents Dinner Fame

August 21 2018


NYU's Free Medical School

August 21 2018


Groundhog Day for Christian Baker

August 20 2018


Feminists Academics Outraged that Title IX Being Used in Abuse Case Involving Lesbian Feminist Professor

August 17 2018


Youth Unemployment Rate at 52-Year Low

August 17 2018


College Loan Debt Said to Be Key Factor in One In Eight Divorces

August 16 2018


Civil Discourse 101: A New Course on Many Campuses

August 15 2018


Ivanka Trump's Quiet Achievements

August 15 2018


CBS Poll on Women in Politics and Ivanka Trump

August 14 2018


Why Short-Term, Catastrophic Health Insurance Policies Are Anything But "Junk"

August 14 2018


"Wolf Pack Chant" to Replace Pledge of Allegiance at Atlanta School

August 9 2018


Twitter Bans Conservative Author for Supporting Free Speech

August 9 2018


Who's Afraid of Jordan Peterson? The Left

August 9 2018


Trump's Approval Rising Among Black Americans

August 8 2018


Factual Feminist Debunks Thomson Reuters Ranking of US as World's Tenth Most Dangerous Country for Women

August 8 2018


Chicago's Bloody Weekend: What Caused It?

August 7 2018


Santa Barbara Councilman: We have to regulate every aspect of people’s lives

August 6 2018


New York Times Scribe Pioneers Twist on Insincere Apology

August 3 2018


Trump Bumper Sticker Allegedly Triggers Hit and Run Attack

August 2 2018


Many Customers Will Welcome Short-Term, (Really) Affordable Health Insurance Plans

August 2 2018


Meet Bari Weiss, Off the Reservation New York Times Opinion Editor

August 1 2018


Mercatus Puts Cost of Single-Payer Health Proposal at $33 Trillion for First Ten Years

July 31 2018


GOP Women Candidates Talk Issues, Not Their Gender

July 30 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


Obama Admistration's Internet Power-Grab • WIBC Garrison

February 12 2015


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

December 16 2014


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


#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


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