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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


Ivanka Trump's Step In The Right Direction Bringing Up Women's Issues • CNN Newsroom

July 22 2016


Inside Donald Trump’s Strategy To Win Back Women

July 20 2016


Mike Pence Has Mocked Working Moms: ‘Sure, You Can Have It All’

July 19 2016


Pence Brings Health-Care Experience, Controversy to Ticket

July 19 2016


Could Justice Ginsburg Remain Impartial If Trump's Elected? • Coast To Coast

July 14 2016


Email Aftermath: What Do Republicans Hope To Achieve? • After The Bell

July 12 2016


What Do Americans Really Think Of Climate Change? • Forbes On Fox

July 2 2016


Big Government Prevents Market From Flourishing • Forbes On Fox

July 2 2016


Clinton Hits Trump On Economic Plan & Business Record • Coast To Coast

June 21 2016


Disney's Gator Problem + Should Facebook Regulate Violent Posts? • Risk & Reward

June 20 2016


Senate Pushes Gun Control, But We're Not Enforcing Laws On The Books • Risk & Reward

June 20 2016


What Do Background Checks Mean If FBI Doesn't Follow-Up? • MSNBC Live

June 19 2016


Obamacare Premiums Expected To Rise Again Next Year • Forbes On Fox

June 18 2016


GAO Report: 99% Of Federal Workers "Fully Successful" Or Better • Forbes On Fox

June 18 2016


Should We Clamp Down On Social Media To Stop Terrorism? • Forbes On Fox

June 18 2016


Independent Women’s Forum: How Can We Improve Character in Public Life?

June 14 2016


The "God Gap": How Can Trump Win Over Evangelicals? • Happening Now

June 11 2016


The Food Police Won't Prevent Obesity • Forbes On Fox

June 11 2016


Could The Syrian Refugee Program Lead To Increased Terrorism? • Forbes On Fox

June 11 2016


Why Women Aren't With Hillary

June 10 2016


Clinton's Historic Victory? A Loss For Women, Millennials

June 8 2016


Podcast #40 • RightNOW Women PAC: Helping Conservative Women Become Leaders

June 8 2016


Conservative Women’s Conference Looks at Trump, Sees Narcissistic Man-Child

June 8 2016


President Obama Ready To Hit Campaign Trail With Hillary • Your World

June 7 2016


IWF’s Women LEAD Summit Lays Out Conservative Policies To Empower Women

June 6 2016


Union Leaders Should Remove Barriers To Entry, Not Increase Min. Wage • Forbes On Fox

May 28 2016


IRS Under Fire for Seizing Assets Of Business Owners • Forbes On Fox

May 28 2016


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


DON’T LISTEN TO THE POLITICIANS – HERE’S 4 WAYS WOMEN CAN ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS

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


Rebranding Requires More Than A Fresh Coat Of Paint: Why The New Hillary Is Just More Of The Same

June 23 2016


Why The Collective "Yawn" Over Hillary Clinton?

June 9 2016


Hillary And History: The Meaning Of The Clinton Nomination

June 8 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


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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