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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:

Some Good News for the Humanities

March 20 2019


Student Loan Debt and the Craze for Socialism

March 19 2019


Despite the War on Poverty, the Achievement Gap Isn't Shrinking

March 18 2019


Appalling: President Threatens SNL with Federal Investigation

March 18 2019


What Status Symbol Did You Attend?

March 15 2019


What to Make of the Jobs Claims . . .

March 14 2019


Hooray for School Suspensions!

March 14 2019


Are Colleges Innocent Victims in the Admissions Scandal?

March 14 2019


Lowest Paid Workers Seeing Biggest Pay Increases

March 13 2019


Collegegate: Be Sure and Go to the Proctor with the RED Bow Tie, Honey

March 13 2019


How Not to Solve the Homelessness Problem: Legalize Homeless Encampments

March 12 2019


Trump Budget Proposal: More Work Requirements for Welfare Recipients

March 11 2019


Living in Fear of Saying the Wrong Thing

March 8 2019


"Positive Discrimination" Keeps Best Candidate from Getting Job in U.K.

March 7 2019


It's the Jobs, Stupid!

March 7 2019


A Self-Made Billionaire Explains Why the Green New Deal Will Fail

March 6 2019


New Hurdle in Women's Sports: Physically More Powerful Transgenders

March 6 2019


Jet Blue Apologizes after Honoring Cop-Killer Assata Shakur

March 4 2019


A Good Fourth-Quarter Growth Report: Tax Reform a Big Factor

March 1 2019


Governor Cuomo Blames Cold for Population Exodus

February 28 2019


Ocasio-Cortez in the Land of Opportunity

February 27 2019


The Brave, New World of Intimacy and Celebrity in American Politics

February 26 2019


The Unflappable Sarah Huckabee Sanders Celebrates Three Years on the Job

February 26 2019


Is Nuclear Option the REAL Green New Deal?

February 26 2019


To Whom Does Jussie Smollett Owe Apologies?

February 22 2019


Jussie Smollett and the Glamour of Victimhood

February 21 2019


The Left's Dirty Little Secret: They NEED "The Rich"

February 19 2019


Amazon to Progressive NY Pols: Drop Dead

February 15 2019


Esquire Mag Profiles White, Male Teen; Outrage Ensues

February 14 2019


A Shockingly Racist Article in the Yale Daily News

February 13 2019


A Story to Curl Your Hair . . .

February 11 2019


The Mess in Virginia

February 11 2019


Woman Facing Charges that She Assaulted Kellyanne Conway in Bethesda Restaurant

February 8 2019


Big Bang Theory Attacks Sarah Huckabee Sanders in Credits

February 8 2019


Esquire Magazine's Portrait of Salons in Resistance Mode

February 8 2019


Witness for the defenses: It Can Be Risky in Title IX Proceedings

February 6 2019


CFPB Relied on Secret Antifa Leader in Campaign Against Short-Term Loans

February 6 2019


A Bold SOTU

February 6 2019


Hey, Senator Warren, a Wealth Assets Tax Likely Wouldn't Raise Revenue

February 5 2019


Wow! 304,000 New Jobs in January

February 1 2019


Why Was Black Teen Unemployment Lower in 1948?

January 30 2019


Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders Make Statements on Venezuela

January 29 2019


College Newspaper Editorials Being Used to Derail Judicial Nominee

January 29 2019


The SOTU as a Political Football

January 28 2019


Update on Shutdown End and SOTU Status

January 28 2019


Oh, Grow Up: Have We As a Society Reverted to High School?

January 28 2019


Illegal Immigrants and Crime: What Do the Numbers Really Say?

January 25 2019


On Hold:The SOTU

January 24 2019


Is the Partial Government Shutdown an Argument for Privatizing Airport Passenger Screening?

January 23 2019


"Vast Body of Research" Shows School Choice Helps Kids Learn

January 22 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


Obama Admistration's Internet Power-Grab • WIBC Garrison

February 12 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


#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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