This week’s IIA featured member is the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF). IWF is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and educational institution that seeks to combat the too-common presumption that women want and benefit from big government, and to build awareness of the ways that women are better served by economic freedom. One of those ways is through increased and widespread access to high-speed broadband Internet.

The Internet provides the tools to empower women to actively participate in economic and political happenings across the nation, and also helps IWF communicate their messages and achieve their overall mission.  For instance, the internet helps women — and all individuals — access media resources, educate themselves on policies and current events, and communicate with like-minded citizens. In order to achieve their goal, IWF aggressively seeks earned media, provides easy easy-to-read, timely publications and commentary, and reaches out to the public to seek and cultivate support for their principles.

IWF believes that technological innovations have dramatically improved lives — as does IIA. IWF analysts have highlighted how women uniquely benefit from new technologies, and encourage policies that will lead to the development of the next wave of ground-breaking innovation.

IWF realizes that the benefits of the Internet span across many demographics, not just women.  Internet and technology have opened incredible doors for new and better ways of getting higher education, health care, job opportunities and so much more. But all of this can only be possible with access, which can best be achieved through the free market. That is why IWF is a member of IIA, because every American — including women — should have access to the critical tool that is broadband Internet.