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Lisa Schiffren

Senior Fellow

Lisa Schiffren is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum. As a rule, she takes a dark view of the direction our culture and its institutions are heading. Naturally, as a parent, with a stake in the future, and a patriot, she hopes to be proven wrong as often as possible.

Schiffren is particularly interested in culture, politics, defense policy, and, really, the whole range of human folly. Her work appears in National Review /NRO, The Weekly Standard, and other publications. She’s been on the usual TV and radio shows. She writes speeches and other materials for a range of private and public clients, but likes doing political work best.

Schiffren is a native New Yorker, with a B.A. in History from Bryn Mawr College. She was an editorial writer at the Detroit News, winning awards for coverage of welfare policy, crime, education and other urban issues. She covered national politics and spent a couple of years in and out of Pakistan and Afghanistan covering the Soviet War, traveling on foot and horseback, with the Mujahedeen. A stint in the Defense Department’s office of Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict, followed. Then it was off to the Bush I White House, where she wrote speeches for Vice President Dan Quayle, including the well known “Murphy Brown” speech, which ultimately sparked national interest in longstanding welfare reform goals. Both issues – Afghanistan and the consequences of widespread single motherhood – still threaten the continuity of Western Civ, and require frequent comment.

These days Schiffren lives in New York City with her three teenage daughters, and an energetic puppy. She is delighted to be back at IWF – of which she was an original founder, way back in 1993, when conservative women were still an exotic species.

Recent Articles:

Lessons from Experience in Sex and Politics
November 1 2012
by Lisa Schiffren

Our New Poster Girl for Free Stuff vs. Freedom
September 30 2012
by Lisa Schiffren

Michelle Obama’s Mistaken Threat Assessment
September 14 2012
by Lisa Schiffren

Free Advice to Ann Romney About Trivial Girly Stuff That Matters
May 4 2012
by Lisa Schiffren

Seriously, Senator Gillibrand?
April 26 2012
by Lisa Schiffren

We Want It All
April 20 2012
by Lisa Schiffren

Is Morality Really the Issue in the Secret Service Prostitution Scandal?
April 17 2012
by Lisa Schiffren

Mr. President-Elect, Ease Off Twitter: The Downside To Trump's 140-Character Missives
December 13 2016
by Lisa Schiffren

Hillary’s Path to Greatness
August 9 2015
by Lisa Schiffren

Amy Schumer’s ‘Trainwreck’: A Conservative Critique of the Hook Up Culture
July 23 2015
by Lisa Schiffren

The Bernie Surge Makes Perfect Sense: He’s Not Hillary
July 16 2015
by Lisa Schiffren

How It Feels to Be a Conservative Amid a Liberal Tsunami
June 29 2015
by Lisa Schiffren

NYC Is Going to the Dogs
June 2 2015
by Lisa Schiffren

Servergate Doesn’t Matter: Hillary Was Never Going to Be President Anyway
March 23 2015
by Lisa Schiffren

Benghazi Scandal Gets Deserved Attention
May 15 2013
by Lisa Schiffren

What we won’t ever know about Hillary Clinton’s legacy
February 4 2013
by Lisa Schiffren

What Goes Around, Comes Around
January 24 2013
by Lisa Schiffren

Win: Hillary
October 16 2012
by Lisa Schiffren

How Will the Todd Akin Movie End?
August 22 2012
by Lisa Schiffren

Kirsten Gillibrand: Sideline Senator Oprah
August 2 2012
by Lisa Schiffren

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