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Sabrina Schaeffer

Executive Director

Sabrina L. Schaeffer is the executive director of the Independent Women's Forum. Since her mother sent her Wendy Shalit’s A Return to Modesty while in college, she’s been borderline obsessed with persuading other women that a culture of liberty and responsibility is good for everyone, women in particular.

Sabrina has extensive experience in communications, from behind the scenes to in front of the camera. She has conducted sophisticated academic and applied research on persuasion, speech writing in the U.S. Senate, communications at a major non-profit, public relations at a D.C. consulting firm, and media relations in a primary campaign.

But by far her most formative work experience was her first, as a young assistant to Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick while at the American Enterprise Institute. Ambassador Kirkpatrick taught her more than a thing or two about being a real feminist.

Sabrina received an M.A. in Politics as well as an M.A. in American History from the University of Virginia, where she focused on the early Republic (history) and media effects and political behavior (politics), conducting a message experiment exploring how different arguments for social security reform impacted public opinion.

Sabrina has commented on politics and political culture in publications such as Forbes, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Times, Foxnews.com, National Review Online, Policy Review, and American Enterprise Online.

Sabrina is a regular on TV news programs - you can catch Sabrina every Saturday at 11am on Forbes on Fox, and every week on Fox Business’ After the Bell.


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Recent Articles:

What Boston Gets Right About Pay Equity

February 2 2016

Persuasion Requires Being Personal Not Passionate

December 17 2015

Meredith Vieira, I want to Calm Your Fears about the Wage Gap

April 30 2015

House of Cards Gets Entitlement Policy Right but Messaging All Wrong

March 4 2015

Why Being FLOTUS Isn't So Bad

December 11 2014

Learning How to Work is Hard To Do

December 10 2014

The Good Wife is All Bad When it Comes to Sexual Assault on College Campuses

November 12 2014

Has Feminism Jumped the Shark?

October 22 2014

On Anniversary of 19th Amendment White House Message to Women is Still one of Victimhood

August 27 2014

Paternity Leave Not a Silver Bullet For Fathers

August 20 2014

Mother of the Gender Gap Dotty Lynch Passes Away

August 18 2014

GOP Puts Forth a New Women's Package

August 4 2014

What We Learned About Modern Feminism From Santa Barbara

June 2 2014

The Fictitious Holiday Based on a Faux Statistic

April 7 2014

CPAC: Why Conservatism is Right for Women

March 10 2014

Can There Be Any Love Between Hollywood and Conservatives?

March 1 2014

Valentine's Day Gifts Speak To The Infantilization Of Women

February 14 2014

Are Children the Source of Your Misery?

January 15 2014

More on CHS, Gender Differences, and Libertarian “Feminists”

January 13 2014

The Real Story Behind Hollywood's Villain

January 7 2014

Budget Solution that's a Policy and Political Win

December 11 2013

The Pink and Pretty Culture Is Under Attack Again

November 4 2013

The Only Energy Boom is Coming from Oil and Natural Gas

November 4 2013

Poor Miley Cyrus is Confused about Feminism

August 26 2013

Cuccinelli: My Opponent Needs to Talk about Spitzer, Weiner, and Filner...

August 21 2013

Beauty Pays...Or Does it Hurt?

May 29 2013

Election Aversion is a Girl Thing

March 4 2013

Don’t Pile on Mayer: Telecommuting isn’t a One-Size-Fits-All Policy

February 26 2013

Dowd Jumps on Anti-Sandberg Bandwagon

February 25 2013

There Are Two Sides to Every Story

February 22 2013

Businesses Are Already Changing the Workplace for Women

February 21 2013

The Battle of the Wage Gap

February 19 2013

Why we Care about that Pesky Little "Wage Gap" statistic…

February 13 2013

Excuse Me, Darden...Let Me Clarify

February 7 2013

Hey "Lefty Feminists" You Didn't Hear a Word!

January 23 2013

Big Labor Making Big Headlines

January 18 2013

Mr. Higgins' America

January 7 2013

The Grinch who Stole the Easy-Bake Oven

December 5 2012

McMorris Rodgers Represents a New Kind of GOP Leader

November 1 2012

Clinton and I See Eye to Eye on Work-Life Balance

October 19 2012

More Out of Touch Hollywood Starlets

October 15 2012

Democrats Turn Their Back on Israel...Again

September 6 2012

C-SPAN Viewers Not all Created Equal!

August 20 2012

Women's Figures Reveals the Real Economic Progress of Women in America

July 24 2012

Andrea Mitchell Misses the Mark

June 20 2012

Down Economy Leads to Drop in Family Wealth

June 12 2012

Obama's Pivot from Hope to Fear

May 29 2012

Pot Calling the Kettle Sexist?

May 24 2012

Old (Energy) Habits Die Hard

May 24 2012

ThinkProgress's Distorted View of Equality

May 22 2012

Is Trump Hurting GOP's Progress With Women Voters? • CNN Newsroom

May 26 2016

Bandwagon Effect: Are Americans Boarding The Trump Train? • Coast To Coast

May 23 2016

‘Concrete Ceiling’: Breaking Through Barriers

May 23 2016

Is The Federal Reserve Creating More Industry Bubbles? • Forbes On Fox

May 21 2016

Why Didn't The NYT Article On Trump & Women Stick? • Forbes On Fox

May 21 2016

With Donald Trump, Republican Women Face A Tough Choice

May 6 2016

Can Trump Win Over The Unions? • Coast To Coast

May 5 2016

Will Trump Accept Outside Funding Going Forward? • After The Bell

May 4 2016

Hillary's "Woman Card"; Millennial Voters; #MoreThanMean • PBS To The Contrary

April 30 2016

Apple Moving Money Overseas, Do We Need Tax Reform? • Forbes On Fox

April 30 2016

Would A Trump Or Clinton WH Shrink Government More? • Forbes On Fox

April 30 2016

Criminal Justice Reform: Federal or State Issue? • Forbes On Fox

April 30 2016

Should There Be A Political Honor Code For How To Act At Rallys? • Your World

April 29 2016

Are The Stars Finally Aligning For Trump? • Risk & Reward

April 28 2016

Hillary's Gender Rhetoric Will Get Women Nowhere • CNN Newsroom

April 27 2016

IWF's Working For Women Report Seeks To Give Women More Opportunity • Washington Journal

April 23 2016

History Lesson for Donald Trump: We Live In A Republic, Not A Democracy • After The Bell

April 21 2016

It's A Retirement Account, But For Maternity Leave

April 21 2016

It's A Retirement Account, But For Pregnancy

April 20 2016

Trump Needs To Shift From Victim Status To What He Will Offer • Coast To Coast

April 18 2016


April 15 2016

Equal Pay Day: Real World Economics or Political World Expediency? • Special Report

April 13 2016

NBC Only Network to Spread Debunked ‘Facts’ On ‘Equal Pay Day’

April 13 2016

Hillary Clinton Concerns In New York? • Kennedy

April 11 2016

Does The Donald Actually Love The Negative Media Attention? • Kennedy

April 11 2016

Pot In The Classroom: With Freedom Comes Responsibility • Kennedy

April 11 2016

Tax Season: IRS Fraud Runs Rampant • Forbes On Fox

April 9 2016

Is the US Bolstering Iran's Nuclear Program? • Forbes On Fox

April 9 2016

Work Requirements For Food Stamps • Forbes On Fox

April 2 2016

Would DC Metro Have Fewer Shutdowns If Privately Run? • Forbes On Fox

April 2 2016

Trump's Abortion Comments Distract From Important Economic Issues • CNN Newsroom

March 31 2016

Trump Abortion Comments Spark Outrage • The Lead

March 30 2016

Barbra Streisand: Hillary Clinton Faces A Double Standard • Coast To Coast

March 29 2016

Should We Lower the Corporate Tax Rate to Retain Businesses? • Forbes on Fox

March 19 2016

Right to Protest vs. Right to Free Speech • Forbes on Fox

March 19 2016

Trump Prepares For Contested Convention • CNN Newsroom

March 18 2016

Gender vs. Principles In The White House, Women In Military Debate + More • Bill Cunningham

March 15 2016

Trump: Breitbart Reporter "Made Up" Claims • CNN Newsroom

March 11 2016

Rubio Goes After Trump On Trump's Level • After The Bell

February 29 2016

Rubio Rips Trump On Lawsuits, Immigrant Labor, Fake University • CNN Newsroom

February 26 2016

What Are Core Issues For Single Women In This Election? • Happening Now

February 24 2016

Republicans Should Stop Talking About Women In Kitchens

February 23 2016

GOP To Unite Against President Obama Court Pick Hearing • Coast To Coast

February 23 2016

Will George W Bush Help Jeb In SC? • CNN Newsroom

February 10 2016

RPT: 25k Families In Public Housing Above Income Cutoff • Forbes On Fox

February 6 2016

Syrian Refugees Entering Canada To Sneak Across US Border • Forbes On Fox

February 6 2016

Trump, Carson: Cruz Used Unfair Campaign Tactics • Forbes On Fox

February 6 2016

New IA Voicemails: Critics Question Cruz Camp's Tactics, Honesty • CNN Newsroom

February 5 2016

American University’s Conservative Feminists Receive Backlash

February 4 2016

Establishment Brawl, Trump's NH Ground Game, HRC's Hit On Speaker's Fees • After The Bell

February 4 2016

The Women On The Train: Women, Stress, And The Workplace

April 13 2016

Rethinking The Role Of The First Spouse

March 22 2016

Dear Always: Emoji Are Not A Major Problem For Women

March 16 2016

Americans’ Anger Is Real, But So Are the Solutions

March 15 2016

All Is Not Fair Game In Politics

March 11 2016

Obama's Pay Equity Fallacies And Fiats

February 17 2016

What Women Really Want to Talk About

February 4 2016

Success Is Never Enough For Some 'Feminists,' Including Sheryl Sandberg

January 25 2016

Politics Isn't Polite, And That's OK

January 20 2016

Do Political Debates Change Elections? Yes.

November 17 2015

How Candidates Win The Public Court Of Opinion: Making Politics Personal

October 26 2015

A Teaching Moment: How Paul Ryan Will Get What He Wants In The Workplace

October 21 2015

Principle is more important than gender when it comes to public office

October 16 2015

Target missing the mark with gender sign changes

August 20 2015

The Gender Bias That Just Isn't There: Voters Are Ready For A Woman President Who Fits Their Ideology

April 21 2015

Pure Politics: Myth of Equal Pay Day

April 14 2015

Obama's Renewed Push For Paid Leave Is A Raw Deal For Women

January 20 2015

My Family's Health Plan Was Cancelled And ObamaCare's One-Size-Fits-All Doesn't Fit Us

December 2 2014

How Obsessing About Bad Men Reinforces Their Behavior

November 17 2014

Chivalry Is Dead, Long Live Feminism

October 30 2014

How Republicans Are Peeling Women Away from Democrats

October 21 2014

What Microsoft’s CEO Gets Right about Workplace Culture

October 10 2014

Democrats' big government solutions don't provide answer to women's problems

September 9 2014

President Obama Uses Back Door To Force Equal Pay

August 8 2014

‘Run Liz Run’: Stuck in the Age of Folk

July 23 2014

Women & Funding: The Gross Misconception Over "Gender Differences"

July 23 2014

Minimum Wage Hike Feels Good Now, But Will Lead to Long-Term Pain

June 3 2014

What We Learned About Modern Feminism from Santa Barbara

June 3 2014

What Monica Lewinsky Understands About Feminism That Others Don't

May 29 2014

Engage, Disrupt, Win: How Republicans Can 'Finally' Win Women Voters

April 29 2014

The Fictitious Holiday Based on a Faux Statistic

April 7 2014

Valentine's Day Gifts Speak To The Infantilization Of Women

February 14 2014

Determination, Not Title IX, Brought Women to the Olympics

February 13 2014

When It Comes To Addressing Women In The SOTU, Obama Will Double-Down On Government-Knows-Best

January 28 2014

The Shriver Report: Too Often Over-Bearing Government Is Women's Worst Enemy

January 14 2014

Hillary Clinton Rumor Mill

January 6 2014

Four Significant Moments for Women in 2013

December 31 2013

How to Combat the "War on Women" Narrative

December 6 2013

Business Must Stop Coddling Women In The Workplace

December 4 2013

We Need a New Attitude Toward Health Insurance

November 5 2013

Libertarian Billionaires Paying For Daycare Won't Bridge The Science Gender Gap

October 10 2013

GOP decision to drop networks only tunes out voters

August 16 2013

The Gender Delusion

August 15 2013

Backlash: Will more high-profile women in public office discourage others from following?

August 9 2013

Commercialization of 'Lean In' has turned message on its head

July 29 2013

Conservatives Have A 'Women' Problem, That Can Only Be Fixed With Gender Politics

July 10 2013

Out-Spent, Out-Numbered, Out-Researched: The Power Of Progressive Women's Groups

April 25 2013

Straight talk about the wage gap

April 9 2013

Why Does Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Anger Lefty Feminists So Much?

March 7 2013

The Unsung Problems Within The Family And Medical Leave Act

February 20 2013

Independent Women’s Forum’s mission is to improve the lives of Americans by increasing the number of women who value free markets and personal liberty. Sister organization of Independent Women’s Voice.
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