By The Heritage Foundation, featuring Carrie Lukas, president of Independent Women’s Forum

WASHINGTON—The Heritage Foundation announced today the inaugural winners of the Heritage Innovation Prize, a new initiative to financially support organizations providing innovative solutions to the most pressing issues facing America.  

The winners of the first-ever Heritage Innovation Prize are Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), Independent Women’s Forum (IWF), and the State Financial Officers Foundation (SFOF). Each organization will receive a $100,000 prize sponsored by The Heritage Foundation’s robust endowment fund for innovative conservative projects. The winners were announced Wednesday at Heritage’s annual Resource Bank meeting, held this year in Nashville.  

Independent Women’s Forum received the Innovation Prize for its efforts to craft the Women’s Bill of Rights, a simple and sensible declaration on the biology of sex. As the left wages war on basic biology and the concepts of manhood and womanhood, IWF stepped into the breach with the Women’s Bill of Rights, which defines basic terms such as ‘woman,’, ‘female,’ and ‘mother’ consistent with science and common public understanding. And it reiterates that, while men and women are legally equal, their innate differences sometimes justify separation of the sexes. The Women’s Bill of Rights project will reveal who among our leaders truly stand for equal opportunity, fairness, and science—and those who do not.     

IWF President Carrie Lukas:  

“Independent Women’s Forum is so grateful to The Heritage Foundation for recognizing our Women’s Bill of Rights project with an Innovation Prize. With support from Heritage, we will have the capacity to go on the offensive, forcing the left to publicly defend—or renounce—its anti-female agenda. Thank you to everyone at Heritage for supporting this critical weapon in the fight for equal opportunity, fairness, and science.”   

Heritage plans to announce additional Innovation Prize winners in the future. More information is available at

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