IWF Press Releases:

Healthcare Solutions Week: Next, Better, Health Care Reform [10/13-10/17]

October 13 2014
Victoria Coley

Independent Women’s Forum announces the launch of Healthcare Solutions Week, a week-long national conversation to pave a better way forward for health care policy beginning Monday, October 13th. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was supposed to cure our nation's healthcare challenges, but today symptoms of dysfunction remain and problems need to be addressed. Healthcare Solutions Week will feature many organizations from across the country sharing their ideas for positive alternative reforms.ictoria

Advisory: 9/17 NYC LEAN TOGETHER book party, A positive agenda written for women by women

September 15 2014
Victoria Coley

Wednesday, September 17th, the Independent Women's Forum (IWF) introduces its new book LEAN TOGETHER: An Agenda For Smarter Government, Stronger Communities, And More Opportunity For Women (IWF Press; September 1, 2014; Paperback $10.00) at its New York City book release party and discussion held at the 3 West Club (3 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019) at 6:00pm ET. 

Advisory: LEAN TOGETHER Book Discussion, A positive agenda written for women by women

September 7 2014
Victoria Coley

This Wednesday, September 10th, the Independent Women's Forum (IWF) introduces its new book LEAN TOGETHER: An Agenda For Smarter Government, Stronger Communities, And More Opportunity For Women (IWF Press; September 1, 2014; Paperback $10.00) at the Washington, DC book release party and discussion held at The Decatur House (1610 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20006) at 5:30pm ET. 

Book Release: LEAN TOGETHER - Concrete policy solutions to challenges facing women & families

September 1 2014
Victoria Coley

Independent Women's Forum released its newest book LEAN TOGETHER: An Agenda For Smarter Government, Stronger Communities, And More Opportunity For Women (September 1, 2014; Paperback $10.00). LEAN TOGETHER is 12 chapters, all written by female authors, and uncovers the issues and policy reforms that can move us in a positive direction towards thriving American communities. 

Transcript from Press Call: Milton Friedman Legacy Day: How Educational Freedom Benefits Women and Girls

July 31 2014
Victoria Coley

For too long America has suffered from the lack of an education marketplace. A rigid public school system, controlled by America’s teachers unions, has made it difficult to create new opportunities that better suit individual and family needs.

Press Call Advisory: Role of Government in Education and Women's Unique Interest in Improving Education Policy

July 30 2014
Victoria Coley

On Thursday, July 31st, at 10:30 a.m. ET, the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) will host a press call to mark Friedman Legacy Day, what would have been the late economist’s 102nd birthday, and discuss the role of government in education and how educational freedom benefits women. Participants will detail why women – as students, mothers, and as the majority of the nation’s teachers – have a unique interest in improving our education system, how women are helped tremendously by education liberalization, and why educational freedom – not more government policy “solutions” – will encourage more innovation and greater options for women and for society overall.

IWF Signs Letter Urging Department of Education to Reconsider New Rule Proposal

July 21 2014
Victoria Coley

Statement: July 17 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Hearing

July 16 2014
Victoria Coley

I appreciate this opportunity to provide comments to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) as it prepares recommendations for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines.

As a mother, I am very concerned about the rising cost of food. The DGAC’s shift from diet and nutrition to environmental issues will increase food costs for all Americans at a time when consumers are already struggling with higher prices at the grocery store.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “in California, the biggest U.S. producer of agricultural products, about 95% of the state is suffering from drought conditions, according to data from the U.S. Drought Monitor. This has led to water shortages that are hampering crop and livestock production.”

As a result, U.S. retail food prices are expected to increase up to 3.5% this year.  Consumers are seeing similar price hikes on breakfast staples like bacon, coffee, and orange juice because of global supply problems.

The price of beef reached its highest price point in almost three decades in February at $5.28 per pound. Analysts estimate that prices will likely stay high for some time because of growing demand in some Asian countries. Corn growers are also hurting because of China's recent rejection of 1.45 million tons of U.S. corn, which lead to American grain companies having to absorb $427 million in lost sales....

Independent Women's Forum signs coalition letter urging Congress to act on comprehensive tax reform without shortcuts or gimmicks

July 8 2014
Victoria Coley

The clock is running out on the legislative calendar for 2014, with the August recess fast approaching and the midterm elections around the corner there isn’t much time left for Congress to act on important issues facing the country. One such issue is tax reform, but not all the talk has been welcome news for taxpayers. 

Statement: Supreme Court Ruling in the Cases of Hobby Lobby & Conestoga Wood

June 30 2014
Victoria Coley

“This ruling is a victory for anyone who believes in limited government and freedom of conscience rights or religious liberty. This lawsuit has wrongfully been depicted as a conflict between religious employers and women, but the real question before the Court was whether there are limits to what government can compel from its citizens and if we are still a country that believes in freedom of conscience. This case was about much more than contraception. It was about the principles of liberty that animate our Constitution. It was about empowering women to choose the healthcare and salary options that best fit their needs. And it was about employers, many of them women, being able to follow their deeply held religious beliefs.

Advisory: Straight Talk Panel on "Rape Culture" and Sexual Assault

June 24 2014
Victoria Coley

On Thursday, June 26, the Independent Women's Forum (IWF) presents the long-awaited Straight Talk: An Honest Conversation About "Rape Culture" and Sexual Violence panel discussion. 

The White House has embraced the statistic that one-in-five women is sexually assaulted while in college as the cornerstone of its newly-launched White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The White House has released its “first ever report” on the issue and are using it to push their policy agenda. But many question the validity of the White House's one-in-five statistic, even as those who challenge this figure are silenced as being uncaring about women. 

The IWF takes any accusation ofOn Thursday, June 26, the Independent Women's Forum (IWF) presents the long-awaited Straight Talk: An Honest Conversation About "Rape Culture" and Sexual Violence panel discussion. 

The White House has embraced the statistic that one-in-five women is sexually assaulted while in college as the cornerstone of its newly-launched White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. But many question the validity of the White House's one-in-five statistic, even as those who challenge this figure are silenced as being uncaring about women. 

"IWF intends to have a fact-based discussion about the issue of sexual violence in society today. Everyone participating on the panel is interested in reducing sexual violence and making sure that when it occurs the perpetrators are brought to justice; but we also want to make sure boys and men are given due process," said IWF executive director and event moderator Sabrina Schaeffer. "We all agree that sex must be consensual; but we also have to consider how 'affirmative consent' laws might actually turn into new forms of 'sexual harassment' and bring the state into the bedroom in unprecedented ways."

Schaeffer adds, "We all want to make sure the problem of sexual violence is defined correctly; but also that the statistics and narratives aren’t used to grow government in a way that fashions women as victims and men as abusers. Most importantly we all want to encourage a culture of responsibility among both men and women so that we can have a healthier and safer society with happier more stable relationships for everyone." sexual conduct very seriously. But we are concerned that there is a potentially harmful hysteria developing about this issue. Where does this come from? Where is it going? And who will be harmed? 

Statement: Time To Rethink How Title IX Is Being Enforced On College Campuses

June 20 2014
Victoria Coley

"It's been forty-two years since Title IX was created.  It's time to rethink how this law is being enforced on college campuses and its consequences.  The law was supposed to be about ensuring that women have equal opportunity to participate in all the programs and activities offered by educational institutions, including on the athletic field.  That was a very worthy and important goal.

"But sadly, the government embraced an enforcement policy for Title IX that acts as a defacto quota system that forces schools to try to manufacture equal outcomes, rather than provide equal opportunity—even if that means eliminating opportunities for men to make the numbers work under the current interpretation of the law. 

Media Advisory: IWF Movie Night: Dog Days

June 12 2014
Victoria Coley

The world of food trucks and the regulatory battle over street food. Two unlikely business partners take a joint leap of faith to keep the American Dream afloat amidst a sinking economy and hostile regulations.

Two-Dozen Free-market Organizations Voice Concern and Urge Reform of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

May 28 2014

Today, two-dozen free-market organizations and activists sent a letter crafted by the Independent Women's Forum to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary Tom Vilsack and committee members voicing several concerns about the approach the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), a federally mandated committee of officials chosen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is using to revise the federal dietary guidelines. In the letter the signees urge adoption of reforms that would refocus the work of the Committee on a set of revised guidelines that are truly based on science and that will serve the best interests of all Americans.

Statement: IWF Applauds Congress's Move to Relieve Schools of Broken Lunch Program

May 19 2014
Victoria Coley

"The Independent Women's Forum is in favor of any policy proposal giving local authorities more control over how kids are fed in schools. The new school lunch rules passed by Congress and pushed by our First Lady have made it increasingly difficult for local school officials to provide good and appetizing food to kids. We're glad Congress is taking steps to relieve schools from having to participate in the broken school lunch program and hope schools look to adopt more free market solutions to improve their lunch programs." 

RELEASE: Schaeffer Testimony, Senate Budget Cmte: Expanding Economic Opportunity for Women

May 13 2014
Victoria Coley

Even though the Senate voted down the "Paycheck Fairness Act" last month, the debate is not over.  Today, May 13, at 10:30 a.m. ET, Independent Women’s Forum Executive Director Sabrina L. Schaeffer will appear before the United States Senate Budget Committee as a witness on "Expanding Economic Opportunity for Women and Families."  Schaeffer will focus her testimony heavily on why legislation like the “Paycheck Fairness Act” won’t create equal pay, just more government-largesse.

Media Advisory: Independent Women's Forum to Testify at Senate Budget Hearing on Why the "Paycheck Fairness Act" Isn't Fair and Won't Create Equal Pay

May 12 2014
Victoria Coley

Tomorrow, May 13, 2014, Independent Women’s Forum Executive Director Sabrina Schaeffer will testify before the United States Senate Committee on the Budget on "Expanding Economic Opportunity for Women and Families."  Invited by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Budget Committee Ranking Member, Schaeffer will focus her testimony heavily on why legislation like the “Paycheck Fairness Act” won’t create equal pay, just more government-largesse.

Statement: Democrats' Pledge to Boost the Federally-Mandated Minimum Wage is Counterproductive to Helping Families on the Brink

April 30 2014
Victoria Coley

"We all want to solve the real problem of people - especially women - living in porverty. But the biggest reason people live in poverty is not because they're forced into low-paying jobs. It's stead because they don't have consistent, paid employment....

Transcript from Press Call: Why raising the minimum wage is still a bad idea

April 30 2014
Victoria Coley

Progressives are promoting raising the minimum wage as a commonsense way to alleviate poverty and help women on the brink. And while hiking the minimum wage may sound compassionate, there are serious unintended consequences associated with artificially raising wages, and it’s not fair to hurt the very people who need assistance most.  We all want to solve the real problem of people – especially women – living in poverty. But the biggest reason people live in poverty is not because they’re forced into low-paying jobs. It’s instead because they don’t have consistent, paid employment.

Press Call Advisory: More Economic Growth – Not Raising the Minimum Wage – is the Real Key to Rising Wages and More Opportunity

April 29 2014
Victoria Coley

On Wednesday, April 30th, at 10:30 a.m., the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) will host a press call to discuss why raising the federally-mandated minimum wage to $10.10 an hour is an ineffective tool against poverty and would hinder low-income workers' prospects.  

IWF Joins Coalition Letter Opposing Federal Ban on Internet Gambling

April 28 2014
Victoria Coley

Leading conservative and free-market organizations Restoration of America's Wire Act (H.R. 4301) is a broad overreach by the federal government that will drastically increase the federal government's regulatory power. 

MAY 1 NYC EVENT: From Helicopter to Hazmat Parenting

April 22 2014
Victoria Coley

How the Culture of Alarmism is Turning Parenting into a Dangerous Job

"Parents are bombarded with alarmist messages on a daily basis about how the food they eat, the habits they practice and the household products they use threaten their health and the health of their children," says Julie Gunlock, event moderator and director of Independent Women Forum’s Culture of Alarmism project. "Enough is enough! Parents need facts, not alarmism from science-denying activist organizations that profit on fear and misery," adds Gunlock.

This dynamic panel discussion will bring some measure of relief to nervous parents who are doing their best to raise healthy and happy kids without going insane with worry.

Statement: White House Concedes Wage Gap is a Myth, 77 Cent Talking Point Inaccurate

April 8 2014
Victoria Coley

“The White House has often cited 77-cent wage gap statistic as a political ploy; President Obama has relied on the faulty number ever since his first presidential campaign in 2007 – rarely venturing away from the rhetoric in his State of the Union speeches, fundraising events, and presidential campaign ads.

“The president has called the existence of such a gap an ‘embarrassment’ and ‘wrong.’ But what’s truly embarrassing and wrong is that the president, Democrats in Congress and women groups on the left continue to use this misleading statistic to scare voters and perpetuate the myth that women are  all victims of pay inequality in the workplace. 

“The Administration and its allies know this statistic is false and grossly misleading. On Monday, after being challenged by the media, White House official Betsey Stevenson conceded the wage gap was flawed saying, ‘If I said 77 cents was equal pay for equal work, then I completely misspoke,’ and apologized, ‘I certainly wouldn’t have meant to say that.’

Statement: Senate Democrats Use A Fictitious Holiday - "Equal Pay Day" - To Push A Misleading Bill - The "Paycheck Fairness Act" - With A Hollow Promise to Women

April 8 2014
Victoria Coley

“Today, April 8th, marks ‘Equal Pay Day,’ a fictitious holiday liberal women’s groups have manufactured to try to expose the so-called wage gap. Even though we know that when economists control for any number of important factors – such as college major, work experience, time spent out of the workplace – the pay gap shrinks to almost nothing, the president, Democratic lawmakers, and progressive activists continue to use this faulty statistic – and this faux holiday – to justify growing government in the name of protecting women.  But it's time to expose this day for what it really is. It's not a day to celebrate equality, but to perpetuate the idea that society is hostile toward women and to encourage the growth of the state.....

Transcript from Press Call: Why President Obama's executive orders and the "Paycheck Fairness Act" won’t advance equal pay

April 7 2014
Victoria Coley

his year, the President is trying to bolster support for the PFA, by signing two executive orders, neither of which will help women earn more: One executive order will reportedly prevent federal contractors from "retaliating" against workers who discuss their compensation. Yet that's already the law of the land. Under the National Labor Relations Act, employees already have the right to discuss their own salaries and benefits with coworkers.

Press Call Advisory: Why President Obama's executive orders and the "Paycheck Fairness Act" won’t advance equal pay

April 7 2014
Victoria Coley

On Monday, April 7th, at 11:00 a.m., the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) will host a press call to discuss the hollow equal pay promises from the White House, Democratic lawmakers and women’s groups on the left.

IWF Signs Coalition Letter Opposing Giving Control of the Internet to UN-like Group

March 31 2014
Victoria Coley

IWF Signs Coalition Letter Opposing Giving Away Control of the Internet

March 26 2014
Victoria Coley

Statement: Independent Women’s Forum Supports Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties

March 25 2014
Victoria Coley

“These cases do not represent a conflict between religious employers and female employees. Women have been and will continue to be free to seek out and purchase the contraceptives of their choice. Instead, these cases illustrate the inevitable conflicts that result from too much government involvement in health care."

EVENT: Vision, Policy, and Politics: A Preview of the 2014 Debate

February 25 2014
Victoria Coley

Fresh Ideas and a New Vision for Health Reform will feature leading Members of Congress and policy experts describing their visoin of health reform to put the American people in control of health care and coverage decisions.   

Independent Women's Forum Amicus Brief in Support of Hobby Lobby/Conestoga

January 30 2014
Victoria Coley

The Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) has filed an Amicus Curiae brief in support of Hobby Lobby, Inc., and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., who are challenging the ObamaCare contraception mandate before the Supreme Court.  In contrast to the 56 other briefs filed in support of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, the IWF’s brief stresses the mandate’s consequences for women’s health and employment freedom rather than emphasizing religion.

Press Call Advisory: IWF Files Amicus Brief on the Basis of Women's Health and Employment Freedom

January 29 2014
Victoria Coley

Speakers will discuss the IWF's interest in the cases and key arguments of the brief: The Anti-Injunction Act is not jurisdictional and poses no bar to resolution of the critical constitutional questions at issue, the mandate works contrary to women’s interests, the unintended consequences the mandate presents for women and for public health, and how it restricts women’s flexibility to customize their compensation and benefits.

Independent Women's Forum Responds to President Obama's Fifth State of the Union Address

January 28 2014
Victoria Coley

"President Obama’s State of the Union once again advanced the narrative that women are a victim class in need of greater government protection. Certainly some women face challenges and hardship, but Mr. Obama ignored the very real causes of those difficulties and instead focused on even more big-government solutions.

Independent Women's Forum Responds to The Shriver Report

January 14 2014
Victoria Coley

"A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink is a political campaign – reports, documentaries, events – intended to perpetuate the myth that America is inherently unfair to women and girls today, to encourage even greater dependence on the state, and to give government even more control over our lives. The report is very good at cataloging the challenges that women face, but ignores many of the causes of that hardship, instead doubling down on the government-knows-best approach....

Statement: Latest ObamaCare Expansion of Exemption Leaves Cancelled Americans in Same Bind

December 20 2013
Victoria Coley

"The latest expansion of the hardship exemption highlights the Administration's frantic scramble to deal with ObamaCare's failures in the days before 2014. This is what we get when government oversteps its bounds in health care: last minute decisions from the executive branch and desperate attemps to push a flawed system into place."

Release: Real Life of Julia: Campaign Illustrates Julia's Life Under ObamaCare

December 11 2013
Victoria Coley

Remember Julia? She just turned 26, and she has her own web design business. But her story is a little different now that ObamaCare is in effect. Sister organizations Independent Women's Voice (IWV) and Independent Women's Forum (IWF) today launch the Real Life of Julia, a storybook campaign illustrating the real-life consequences Julia faces under ObamaCare.

Statement: More Economic Opportunity is the Key to Rising Wages

December 5 2013
Victoria Coley

Independent Women's Forum Explains That Economic Growth, Not More Restrictive Minimum Wage Laws -- or Strikes --, Is Real Key to Progress for Workers 

Statement: Supreme Court Hearing Challenge Over ObamaCare Contraception Mandate

November 26 2013
Victoria Coley

"Women who believe in freedom of association do not want to be told how to live, and do not need the force others to violate their beliefs to spare them to cost of a pack of birth control pills."

Don't Miss Doubleheader Cocktail Party Celebrating the Release of Julie Gunlock and Charlotte Hays' Books

November 18 2013
Victoria Coley

New Book: From Cupcakes to Chemicals: How the Culture of Alarmism Is Making Us Afraid of Everything -- and How to Fight Back

November 15 2013
Victoria Coley

Parents are bombarded with claims that the world is a dangerous place. This culture of alarmism is weaving its way into nearly every aspect of our daily lives, making parents worry about common everyday products, food and healthy activities.

In her new book, From Cupcakes to Chemicals: How the Culture of Alarmism Is Making Us Afraid of Everything -- and How to Fight Back, Independent Women’s Forum’s Director of the Culture of Alarmism Project (and mother of three) Julie Gunlock shows how food nannies, environmentalists, public health officials, politicians and government regulators benefit from keeping the American public scared.

Media Advisory: Genetically Modified Foods, Truth About Labeling

October 8 2013
Victoria Coley

On Tuesday, October 8th, Independent Women's Forum joins The Heritage Foundation for a panel discussion: Genetically Modified Foods: The Truth About LabelingThis dynamic panel discussion will examine the history and science of genetically modified foods (or GMOs), their current use and benefits, and why GMO labeling is not only unnecessary but would also do a disservice to consumers. 

Video • Woman of Valor

October 7 2013

Photos • Woman of Valor

October 7 2013

Release: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Named Woman of Valor

October 4 2013
Victoria Coley

The Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) seventh Barbara K. Olson Woman of Valor award was presented to the 200th woman sworn in to the House of Representatives, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington last night at IWF’s annual dinner held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Among the more than 200 guests in attendance for the evening gala: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, S.E. Cupp, Grover Norquist, Bill Kristol, John Fund, Fmr. Rep. Nan Hayworth, Tim Carney, Christina Hoff Sommers, Donna Wiesner Keene, and a number of other members of the media and Hill representatives, IWF supporters, and luminaries from Washington’s policy and think-tank community.

IWF’s executive director Sabrina Schaffer kicked off the evening welcoming the sold-out ballroom....

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Remarks: Woman of Valor

October 3 2013

Sabrina Schaeffer Remarks: Woman of Valor

October 3 2013

Statement: Exchange Enrollment Picks Up as Drop Cycle Begins

October 1 2013
Victoria Coley

Today marks the launch of the Affordable Care Act's online exchanges -- also called "marketplaces" -- designed to enroll millions of Americans into health insurance under ObamaCare. Independent Women's Forum senior policy analyst Hadley Heath says "One day we may look back in history at the implementation of ObamaCare as a turning point for the American health system, for our economy, and for our freedoms."

Advisory: Mad Women Debate, Battle of the Sexes

September 17 2013
Victoria Coley

On Thursday, September 19th, National Review and the Independent Women's Forum present the long-awaited Mad Women Debate: The Battle of the Sexes. The series debuts with an all-star panel of intrepid women including Kirsten Powers, Christina Hoff Sommers, Judy Bachrach, and Sabrina Schaeffer. Moderator is National Review Editor-at-Large Jonah Goldberg.

AEI & IWF DEBATE: How to Boost Boys’ Educational Performance

August 27 2013
Victoria Coley

The educational gap between America’s boys and girls continues to widen: in 2011, eighth-grade girls outperformed eighth-grade boys by 9 points in reading and by 20 points in writing (where 10 points equals one year of schooling). What can we do to boost boys' educational performance in America?

Statement: IWF Calls on Mayor Bloomberg to Drop Continuing Efforts to Limit Americans' Food and Beverage Choices

July 31 2013
Victoria Coley

"Yesterday, Bloomberg characterized the appellate court's ruling as a 'temporary setback' and vowed to appeal the decision. What will it take for Mayor Bloomberg to understand he's in violation of the Constitution?  New Yorkers deserve better. They deserve an executive who focuses on the real issues facing New Yorkers – sustained unemployment, rising crime rates, traffic congestion and a serious housing shortage for working-class New Yorkers...

Event | Breadwinner Moms: Truth Behind the Trend

July 22 2013
Victoria Coley

On Tuesday, July 23rd, Independent Women's Forum and The Heritage Foundation will co-host "Breadwinner Moms: Truth Behind the Trend," a panel discussion that takes a substantive look at the rise of U.S. women as the sole or primary earners for their families. 

IWF Young Leaders Honored as Red Alert Politics' "30 Under 30"

July 1 2013

The Independent Women’s Forum congratulates Hadley Heath, IWF senior policy analyst, and Karin Agness, IWF senior fellow and founder and president of the Network of Enlightened Women (NeW), for being selected from more than 400 nominees for Red Alert Politics' "30 Under 30."

Statement: One Year After SCOTUS' ObamaCare Ruling, Various Constitutional Questions Remain

June 28 2013
Victoria Coley

"One year ago today the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare's lynchpin individual mandate, ruling that congress could impose such a requirement as an exercise of its taxing power.  This decision was a tremendous blow to the idea of a federal government with limited powers. But last years ruling was not Obamacare's final day in court. Various constitutional questions remain....."

Statement: President Obama's Energy Plans Will Ignite Catastrophe

June 25 2013
Victoria Coley

"President Obama knows that Americans cannot afford to pay more for energy, which is why he has bypassed Congress to force strict regulations on power plants.  The effects will be catastrophic, giving a competitive advantage to unsustainable, unreliable energy sources, while making it much harder for traditional, affordable energy producers to do business.  As our household’s primary bill payers, women understand that the price of energy impacts...

NEW POLL: Women Tell Alarmists: Knock It Off!

June 17 2013
Victoria Coley

Independent Women’s Forum today released the results of a national online survey of women regarding “alarmism” conducted by the polling company, inc./WomanTrend among N=801 women with a +/– 3.5% margin of error.  The survey found that negative headlines and alarming warnings about food, household items, and health leaves women feeling confused, suspicious, and overwhelmed, and does little to make them adjust their lifestyles.

Release: Free-Market Coalition Highlights Negative Impact of Carbon Tax

June 13 2013
Victoria Coley

The Independent Women's Forum has signed onto the following coalition letter signed by 19 other free-market organizations to Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor expressing the negative impact that a carbon tax would have to the United States economy at a time when Americans do not need higher prices or burden. 

Statement: Senators Should Urge Parents, Not Nickelodeon, to Regulate Television Ads

June 12 2013

A group of senators are urging Nickelodeon and parent company Viacom to stop airing junk food ads in the name of fighting childhood obesity. Julie Gunlock, director of the Culture of Alarmism project at the Independent Women's Forum, says just as Americans don't need bureaucrats monitoring salt intake, banning sugary beverages and toys in happy meals, or trying to do away with trans-fats, we don't need a nanny government micromanaging what food commercials run on kids' television.

Media Advisory: Women's Group Action on Capitol Hill Marks Equal Pay Act At 50 Years

June 10 2013
Victoria Coley

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. But instead of spending the day celebrating the many opportunities enjoyed by today's empowered woman, the far left will be painting a false picture of women as victims in need of more support from Uncle Sam. The Independent Women's Forum (IWF) is fighting back with facts ... and treats! This morning, IWF is headed to Capitol Hill to set the record straight on the wage gap and ensure our nation's leaders get a balanced, honest discussion.

Release: Independent Women's Forum Leads Coalition Calling Out False Alarmism

May 28 2013
Victoria Coley

Over Twenty Organizations Sign Letter Opposing "Mind the Store" Campaign
Urges Retailers to Stand Firm Against Well-Funded, Anti-Science Campaign of Fear

Statement: White House Budget Embraces Deficit Spending and a Government-Direct Economy

April 10 2013
Victoria Coley

Women hoping for more job opportunities and a growing private sector should be disappointed by this plan.

Statement: Equal Pay Day: Women are Not Shortchanged

April 9 2013
Victoria Coley

Women are not shortchanged; women are outpacing men educationally, soaring to the top of nearly every professional field, are the leading consumers, and are increasingly becoming the breadwinners. We all know that making choices can be difficult. But it’s the ability to choose a path based on personal values that makes us human.

Statement: Lady Thatcher Was a True Heroine

April 8 2013
Victoria Coley

The world has lost a tireless advocate for liberty.  Lady Thatcher was a true heroine, fighting for the liberation of oppressed people under communism's rule and to ease government's burden on her own people.  

Video Release: It's Time For Straight Talk About the Wage Gap

April 4 2013
Victoria Coley

Independent Women’s Forum, in a continued effort to set the record straight about the real reason for the statistical difference between men and women’s earnings , releases an informative, stop-frame animation web video – Straight Talk About The Wage Gap.  The video explains how women’s choices ultimately determine how much they earn and how government intervention in the workplace can backfire on women. 

Statement: Press Hyperventilating About Non-Reviewed Salt Study

March 22 2013
Victoria Coley

The press is again hyperventilating about a new study linking salt intake to millions of deaths worldwide each year. Last week, sugar was the great killer, and before that it was beef, bread and eggs. What’s next?

Release: ObamaCare's Broken-Promises Birthday

March 22 2013
Victoria Coley

In honor of the three-year anniversary of the President signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (better known as ObamaCare) into law, the Independent Women's Forum releases a series of ObamaCare birthday memes to highlight the law's broken-promises. 

Release: Tale of Two Charts: What the Washington Post's Ryan Budget Chart Didn't Show

March 19 2013
Victoria Coley

When House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan released his budget plan, the Washington Post tried to encapsulate the document in one single chart - "The Ryan Budget, in One Chart" - which shows the percentage change relative to the CBO baseline, illustrating a steep decline in "Medicaid/Other Health" spending.  But does Rep. Paul Ryan's budget really impose "draconian cuts?"   Go beyond the headlines and things look very different.  The Independent Women's Forum dug into the numbers to show a different perspective of what the Ryan Budget really looks like. 

Statement: New York City's Sugary Beverage Ban Takes Effect

March 11 2013
Victoria Coley

"According to the New York City police department, crime in city parks is increasing. Perhaps a better approach to shrink waistlines or make Americans healthier would be for Mayor Bloomberg to focus on cleaning up the city--particularly the parks where people might go out and get some exercise."

Advisory: Independent Women’s Forum Hosting Culture of Alarmism Panel at CPAC

March 11 2013
Victoria Coley

This Friday as the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) enters the next phase of its Culture of Alarmism showcase project.  In cooperation with the American Conservative Union, IWF will host a panel discussion at the 2013 edition of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), titled “How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love Plastic Water Bottles, Fracking, Genetically Modified Food & Big Gulp Sodas.”  The event will take place in the Potomac Ballroom of the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor at 11:00am on Friday, March 15th.

Release: Risk Experts to New York City: Styrofoam Ban Would Be a Mistake

March 11 2013

In a letter sent this morning to members of the New York City Council, a coalition of policy organizations is cautioning legislators against supporting Mayor Michael Bloomberg's effort to ban Styrofoam in New York City.

Statement: President Obama's EPA Nominee Will Encourage Higher Energy Costs

March 4 2013
Victoria Coley

Gina McCarthy’s nomination to head the EPA sends a clear message that the President’s plan is to encumber the economy with rising energy costs, rather than encouraging growth in the energy sector to help bring costs down.

Statement: IWF Not Cheering House Passage of VAWA

February 28 2013
Victoria Coley

If we thought the Violence Against Women Act passed today in the House was really the best way to protect women, we’d be cheering. What concerns us most is VAWA includes no provisions for financial oversight, views violence more through an ideological lens than a practical one, erodes constitutional rights of the accused, and perpetuates the idea that society is hostile to women. Many tried to have a serious discussion about VAWA, but what we got instead was name-calling.

Panel Event | Scared to Death: A Culture of Alarmism

February 25 2013
Victoria Coley

On Wednesday, February 27th, Independent Women's Forum and America's Future Foundation will host Scared To Death: How Government Nannies Are Creating a Culture of Alarmism. This dynamic panel discussion will cover four different issues where alarmism is being employed by policymakers to push a regulatory agenda: obesity, chemicals, agriculture, and energy.

Statement: President Obama inappropriately uses SOTU to convince women the workplace is sexist and that they are all Victims

February 13 2013
Victoria Coley

Once again President Obama uses the State of the Union to try to mislead women about their prospects in the workforce and to try to expand government in ways that will make jobs even more scarce.  The President uses a statistic that every honest analyst knows is misleading to attempt to convince women that our workplace is inherently sexist and that women are all victims.  This isn't good for women, and it's certainly not appropriate for a serious policy debate.

Statement: VAWA Foundations are Flawed and the Law is Desperate for an Overhaul

February 6 2013
Victoria Coley

"In its current form, VAWA’s narrow focus ignores many of the proven causes of violence, is subject to waste, fraud, and abuse, and -- in some cases -- is harmful to the very victims it was intended to help.”

Release: Gayle Trotter's Full Senate Hearing Testimony "What Should America Do About Gun Violence"

January 30 2013
Victoria Coley

Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Grassley, and Members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me to appear before you today. We have seen unspeakable tragedy and now hear calls to action. This Committee has asked what America should do about gun violence...

Media Advisory: IWF Brings Women Component to Senate Gun Hearing

January 29 2013
Victoria Coley

Independent Women’s Forum Senior Fellow Gayle Trotter will testify on the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on gun violence and gun control - "What Should American Do About Gun Violence?"  Invited by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Judiciary Committee Chairman, Trotter will focus her testimony heavily on women.

Ahead of SEC Nomination IWF Releases a "Binder of Women Candidates for High Office"

January 24 2013
Victoria Coley

Today, President Barack Obama will nominate Mary Jo White to succeed Elisse Walter as Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  This comes on the heels of heavy criticism from liberal feminist organizations, like the National Organization for Women (NOW), who have demanded to know “President Obama, Where are all the women?” and expressed “[t]here is no doubt that qualified women exist for each and every position [he] will be called to fill.”

The Independent Women’s Forum today released a “Binder of Women Candidates for High Office,” – a 48-page file filled with highly qualified women that would be exceptional nominations for top leadership positions.  Isn’t this what NOW had in mind?

Event Transcript: 1.16.2013 Women in the Wilderness

January 21 2013

All-star panel to discuss how to better explain how limited government and economic liberty benefit women and set a winning agenda for the next four years — and beyond. Featured speakers: Christina Hoff Sommers, Veronique de Rugy, Karlyn Bowman, Mollie Hemingway, and Sabrina Schaeffer.

Statement: President Obama Seeks to Limit Women's Capability to Fight Back Against Attackers

January 9 2013
Victoria Coley

"Laws limiting magazine capacity and availability of semiautomatic handguns will directly impact women, who use these weapons for self-defense inside and outside the home. Any executive action by President Obama to restrict guns will limit a women's capability to fight back against attackers and protect herself and her family."

Statement: More Women in Senate Likely to Result in Higher Taxes, Bigger Government, Less Freedom

January 3 2013
Victoria Coley

Women and men are different, approach problems differently, and bring different talents to the table. Still, I’m far less concerned with increasing the number of women in power than in increasing the number of lawmakers – men and women – who believe in economic liberty and understand how progressive policies fail women and their families.

Statement: ObamaCare Tacking on Fee After Fee (Or Is It Tax After Tax?)

December 12 2012
Victoria Coley

Through regulatory fiat, American workers may shoulder the bill.

Statement: Twinkie-Gate.. Union Intransigence Adds to Crippling Unemployment Rolls

November 16 2012
Victoria Coley

"The shuttering of Hostess Brands Inc. illustrates stunning union intransigence at a time of record levels of unemployment."

Statement: New House Conference Chair is a Firebrand for Conservative Women

November 14 2012
Victoria Coley

IWF Congratulates Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers in her victory as House Republican Conference Chair. 

Statement: Women Are Not Hearing the Conservative Message

November 8 2012
Victoria Coley

"Conservatives shy away from playing gender politics – which is a good thing – but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to think seriously about how to market to and talk to women!"

Statement: As Election Looms Unemployment Among Women Rises

November 2 2012

“This economy has been anything but friendly to women. Women expected hope and deserve better than an increasing -- 7.7 percent  -- unemployment."

Statement: Obama's First Time Ad is Utterly Sexist

October 26 2012

"If the White House thinks all women are this way, this is utterly sexist. Would they make an ad like this for men if Michelle were running against Ann Romney?  No.  Not only do they demean sex, they make women out to be downright silly about it..."

Release: The Real Story in the AAUW's Wage Gap Study

October 25 2012

“The AAUW's report on the so-called gender pay gap is laughable. With less than two weeks until Election Day, this women’s organization is less concerned with closing the so-called wage gap than goosing Democratic turnout."

Statement: Another Government Intervention: D.C. Considers Policing Beverage Choices

October 23 2012
Victoria Coley

"This is the government's most substancial assault on calories. How is it that America, the land of the free, is turning into a nation of food nannies dictating what you choose to buy and consume?"

Statement: "War on Women" is Out of Ammunition

October 15 2012
Victoria Coley

Romney Strengthens Standing Among Women in Key Swing States

Statement: Women Weary as Economy Remains Lukewarm

October 5 2012
Victoria Coley

"Under Obama's watch, a smaller percentage of women are working or even looking for work than when he was elected...."

Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack Accepts the 2012 Women of Valor Award

October 4 2012
Victoria Coley

IWF Chairwoman Heather Higgins hailed the Congresswoman as “a representative of a new cadre of female lawmakers who are focused on economic liberty and who understand progressive policies fail women and men.”

Statement: Morning-After Pill in Schools is a Sad Commentary on Our Culture

September 24 2012

"The decision to offer the "morning-after" pill to high school students is a sad commentary on our culture.  Have we given up on encouraging students to make prudent choices in their sexual lives?"

California Soda Tax Will Not Curb Obesity

September 18 2012
Victoria Coley

Leaders must stop trying to make money off of health crisis.

Statement: Government Pops Assault on Soda & Calories

September 13 2012
Victoria Coley

With a vote of 8-0, the New York City Board of Health approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg's far-reaching ban on the sale of large,sugar infused beverages in restaurants, fast food joints, delis, movie theaters, athletic venues and even food carts across the city - in what is the government's most substancial assault on calories to date.

Media Advisory | EVENT: Liberty is No War on Women

September 12 2012
Victoria Coley

Women Rebut “War on Women” | Book Launch and All-Star Panel Discussion

Statement: IWF Stands With Hobby Lobby Against Mandate

September 12 2012
Victoria Coley

Independent Women’s Forum releases the following statement standing with the arts and crafts retailer, Hobby Lobby, on their federal lawsuit challenging government's health care mandate. The abortion-inducing drug, sterilization, and contraception mandate goes too far.

New Book Debunks The “War on Women”

September 3 2012
Victoria Coley

Liberty Is No War On Women: How Big Government and Victim-Politics Undermine America’s Progress

Statement: IWF Applauds Mitt Romney's Vice President Pick

August 11 2012
Victoria Coley

Today Governor Mitt Romney unveiled his presidential running mate, Representative Paul Ryan.  Independent Women's Forum applauds Mitt Romney's choice as a bold move that will reverse the election narrative from trivial political attacks to a serious debate on key issues of voter concern.

HHS Mandate: Infographic and Statement

August 1 2012
Victoria Coley

Today the HHS mandate goes into effect. Some women will celebrate the advent of free birth control. The Independent Women’s Forum, a secular, non-partisan, nonprofit organization, sees these celebrations as misguided. The HHS mandate comes with severe consequences to our liberty, our health care and our pocketbooks.

Supreme Court Upholding Health Care Reform Sets Dangerous Precedent

June 28 2012
Victoria Coley

Supreme Court upholding nearly all of the controversial health care reform law, sustaining the individual mandate as a form of tax.

Statement: Title IX | Pitting Genders Against One Another

June 20 2012
Victoria Coley

This Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX. While succeeding to create opportunities for women, the law has unfortunately pitted genders against one another creating limitations and resulting in unintended consequences.

HealthReformQuestions.com Launches | Test Your Knowledge

June 13 2012
Victoria Coley

As the Supreme Court’s ruling on health care looms, Independent Women’s Voice (IWV) and Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) are out with a new educational project -- HealthReformQuestions.com

EVENT: Policy Forum | 40 Years of Title IX

June 11 2012
Victoria Coley

Join us June 20th at Cato Instiute as we take a substantive, bipartisan look at the history, successes and complications of Title IX. 

Statement: Government's sweeping assault on calories

May 31 2012
Victoria Coley

Today, The New York Times reports the latest regulatory effort by Mayor Michael Bloomberg as his administration plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large,sugar infused beverages in restaurants, fast food joints, delis, movie theaters, athletic venues and even food carts across the city - in what seems to be the government's most substancial assault on calories....

Statement: "Wage Gap"' Offenders

May 24 2012
Victoria Coley

As Congress returns from recess next week and Senate Democrats ratchet up their fight for Paycheck Fairness Act, we are faced with the latest heated debate concerning women....

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