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Carrie L. Lukas


Carrie L. Lukas is president of Independent Women's Forum. She is the author of Checking Progressive Privilege, co-author of Liberty Is No War on Women, and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism, which was published by Regnery Publishing. Lukas also serves as Vice President for Policy and Economics at Independent Women's Voice.

Lukas's writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The New York Post. She contributes to the National Review and Forbes.com, She's testified before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security and House Committee on Education and the Workforce subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on paid leave.

Before joining IWF in 2003, Lukas worked on Capitol Hill as the senior domestic policy analyst for the House Republican Policy Committee and for the Cato Institute. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. 



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Recent Articles:

On the Fourth Day of Christmas: Mom’s Cinnamon Bread

December 16 2019

New PragerU Video: “How Big Government Hurts Women”

December 4 2019

3 Reasons to Give Before Midnight:

December 3 2019

Two Truths and a Lie: Female Genital Mutilation

October 8 2019

VIDEO: Paid Leave Sounds Nice, But...

August 22 2019

Checking Progressive Privilege

July 23 2019

Two Truths and A Lie: Childcare Costs

March 26 2019

Two Truths and A Lie: Social Security

March 12 2019

More Unfair Attacks on a Conservative Woman

February 7 2019

More Progressive Privilege: When Campus Women Centers Exclude Conservatives

January 11 2019

On the 2nd Day of Christmas: IWF President Carrie Lukas

December 14 2018

DeSantis Victory in Florida May Be Thanks to Support for School Choice

November 27 2018

Better Off Now

November 5 2018

Let's Learn the Right Lessons From Medicare's Prescription Drug Program

May 31 2018

Wireless Technology Is Changing More Than Communication

January 31 2017

Beware of Bailouts and Other Bad Precedents

June 1 2016

More Companies Expanding Paid Leave Programs—Without Government

November 20 2015

Unsafe Spaces – On Campus and in Paris

November 14 2015

Private Industry Needs to Do What It Can To Protect Consumers from Fraud

October 20 2015

This Is Legal?

October 18 2015

Death by Patent Troll

September 30 2015

A Real Debate of Paid Leave Policy

September 28 2015

Creative Solutions for Preventing Intellectual Property Theft

September 24 2015

Technological Innovation Continues

September 14 2015

Let Private Parties Decide What’s Fair

September 10 2015

Common Sense Reforms Needed for Our "Justice" System

September 3 2015

Obama Administration Greenlights Arctic Oil Exploration….For Now

August 18 2015

Don't Cry Sexism

August 17 2015

What Technology Makes Possible

July 28 2015

Of Course Cost Matters

June 25 2015

Protecting Pregnant Workers Without Harming Their Economic Opportunities

June 17 2015

A Copyright Office For The Modern Age

June 12 2015

Keep the Internet Tax Free

June 10 2015

How High Will It Go?

June 8 2015

Government Shouldn’t Give Diet Advice That Could Be Dead Wrong

June 4 2015

Market-based Health Care Reforms Are Working in Florida

June 4 2015

Big News in Education Reform

June 3 2015

Behind the Times on Credit Card Protection

June 1 2015

Technology We Take for Granted

May 29 2015

The New York Times Finally Gets It

May 28 2015

Are wife bonuses really an outrage?

May 18 2015

Does Anyone in Government Ever Think They Have Enough Money?

May 13 2015

Warning: Electricity Prices Could Soar

April 21 2015

Even Higher Taxes for Maryland?

April 17 2015

Parenting and the State

April 15 2015

Hillary Runs for President… Again

April 13 2015

The Danger of Low Expectations

April 7 2015

Energy Exploration Is Saving the Economy, For Now Anyway…

April 1 2015

Caution: A New Scientific Study Is Released

March 17 2015

In Honor of International Women's Day, Let's Appreciate What's Fueled Women's Progress

March 9 2015

Women's March 2020: Are Black Women Still A Part Of The Conversation?

January 18 2020

Why Mothers' Choices About Work and Family Often Feel Like No Choice at All

January 17 2020

AGAR: Politicians' 'help' attacks the gig-economy

January 14 2020

Coalition Letter: Unique Patient Identifier (UPI)

December 13 2019

Conservative women matter, too

November 20 2019

New FBI agents ‘don’t really know what happened’ on 9/11

November 18 2019

DeVos's remarks at IWF are encouraging sign prior to release of Title IX regulations

November 18 2019

Education Secretary: 200 colleges use 'speech bullies' to prevent 'hurt feelings'

November 14 2019

Colleges Using 'Speech Bullies' to Guard Against 'Hurt Feelings'

November 14 2019

Strong Economy Allows Businesses to Determine Their Own Minimum Wage • Your World with Neil Cavuto

November 5 2019

Coalition Letter: ATR Leads Coalition Opposed to Pelosi's 95 Percent Drug Tax

October 15 2019

Location, location, huge mortgage, location

September 5 2019

Is civility a lost cause?

August 31 2019

Progressive Privilege Does Everyone A Disservice • Point of View

August 28 2019

‘Gender stereotypes’: Judge rules Harvard sanctions on single-sex clubs may violate Title IX

August 14 2019

"Checking Progressive Privilege" shines a light on political intolerance • Larry O'Connor Show

August 12 2019

Letter in Support of the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights

August 6 2019

Checking Progressive Privilege and the Exclusion of Conservative Voices • Bill Meyer Show

July 23 2019

New book: Checking Progressive Privilege [Encounter Books: Carrie Lukas]

July 22 2019

Checking Progressive Privilege with Carrie Lukas • WMAL

July 18 2019

Blackburn Leads Bicameral Bill Protecting Women and Girls from Female Genital Mutilation

June 28 2019

Letter in Support of Ernst-Gardner Over-the-Counter Birth Control Bill

June 14 2019

Poll: 73 Percent of Americans Approve of Paid Family Leave

May 7 2019

Booming Economy is Frustrating Democrats • Stacy on the Right

May 6 2019

IWF Signs on to Coalition Letter: Intermediate Bodies Rule

May 1 2019

Paid Leave Advocates Should Focus on Returning Resources & Decision-Making to Parents

April 29 2019

IWF Signs On to Coalition Opposing Economic, Social & Gun Policy in the Violence Against Women Act

April 25 2019

Professors, scholars call on Congress to punish schools that fail to protect speech

April 25 2019

IWF Signs On to Coalition Urging Congress to Prioritize, Streamline, and Innovate U.S. Infrastructure Spending Without Raising Taxes

April 15 2019

Social Security Administration: Rubio-Romney Earned Leave Proposal Doesn't Jeopardize Social Security

April 11 2019

Conservatives Take on 'Credibility Gap' on Health Care, Push Localized Reform

April 4 2019

'Equal Pay Day' Perpetuates the Mythical Gender-Wage Gap

April 3 2019

Women Labeled Victims by the Gender Pay Gap Myth • Chasing News

April 2 2019

Equal Pay Day is 'Misleading Effort' to Make Women Feel Slighted at Work

April 2 2019

Pay gap exists, but it's smaller than you think

April 2 2019

CEI Comments on Proposed Rule Decertification of Representatives

April 1 2019

On Equal Pay Day, Make Women & Men Aware of How Decisions Impact Earnings

March 31 2019

Explainer: Republican lawmakers unveil paid family leave plan

March 29 2019

Marco Rubio vows to 'preach the gospel' to GOP on paid family leave

March 27 2019

GOP lawmakers offer paid parental leave legislation linked to Social Security

March 27 2019

A Conservative Paid Leave Proposal That Is Fair And Flexible

March 27 2019

Coalition Letter: Support Intellectual Property

March 15 2019

Coalition Letter: Gene Replacement Therapy

March 15 2019

IWF Praises Sens. Joni Ernst and Mike Lee for Leadership on Paid Leave

March 12 2019

Children Don't Need 'Day Care For All,' They Need Their Mothers

March 1 2019

Opportunity for Women with the Freedom Movement

February 22 2019

Warren Proposes Federal Universal Childcare Program

February 20 2019

Carrie Lukas Guest Hosts WMAL and Talks Paid Family Leave

February 14 2019

Push for paid family leave heats up ahead of 2020

February 14 2019

Today Harvard blacklists sororities – tomorrow it could blacklist church members, sororities say

February 12 2019

Do You Want New And Better Working Paradigms?

January 20 2020

We Need Fair Benefit Policies That Create Flexibility, Not New Burdens

December 16 2019

One in Four Women Don’t Go to Work Two Weeks After Giving Birth

December 13 2019

Elizabeth Warren’s Family-Leave Plan Would Weaken Family Relationships

September 27 2019

I took on a big mortgage to live near a certain public school. Parents need school choice.

August 29 2019

Progressive Privilege Harms Conservative and Progressive Causes

July 30 2019

One Type Of Diversity Never Seems To Matter

July 23 2019

Don't Use The National Defense Authorization Act To Push Unrelated Financial Regulations

July 15 2019

Calm Down But Don't Forget Common Sense

June 20 2019

Paid leave bill would hurt families

May 21 2019

Congress can expand paid leave and help workers save with bipartisan support

May 15 2019

Flexibility, Responsibility, Fairness: What Moms -- and All Americans -- Want from Paid Leave

May 7 2019

Girls and Women Deserve Single-Sex Sports

May 3 2019

Advance "Paycheck Fairness" With Tax Reform

April 18 2019

Granite Caregiving Act would hurt families that need help

April 11 2019

Time to Confirm New Leadership at the EEOC

April 8 2019

Reforming Social Security to give parents more control

April 8 2019

Senators Ernst and Lee Introduce Conservative Earned-Leave Bill

March 12 2019

It's Not Just AOC Who's Got Radical Ideas for Expanding Government

March 5 2019

Likability always matters in politics

February 28 2019

Elizabeth Warren’s Misguided Child-Care Plan

February 19 2019

Gender Studies’ Value Is Under Question—And for Good Reason

January 30 2019

Not my Women’s March

January 19 2019

Paid Leave Policy Must Recognize Trade-Offs

January 17 2019

Senate Report Shows How U.S. Immigration System Encourages Child Marriages

January 11 2019

Another Reason There Are So Few Elected Republican Women

December 18 2018

Check Your Progressive Privilege

December 13 2018

No, the ‘Real Gender Wage Gap’ Isn’t 51 Percent

November 30 2018

Shaming Women Who Vote Right

November 14 2018

Why so busy? Our flawed college system takes toll on families years before tuition is due

November 12 2018

For Independents, It’s About the Direction of the Country

October 31 2018

Dehumanizing Men

October 16 2018

Women and Men Aren’t at War — and Both Care about Due Process

October 9 2018

Taylor Swift Buys the Democrats’ Marketing; Tennesseans Shouldn’t

October 9 2018

Women and Men Aren’t At War–And All Care About Due Process

October 9 2018

California Quota Bill Won't Help Women

October 1 2018

The Link Between Benefits and Take-Home Pay

September 27 2018

Government Already Pays Some Paid-Leave Costs

September 14 2018

Preventing the Crowd-Out of Private Benefit Plans

September 6 2018

Making Social Security More Flexible is an Idea Worth Further Inquiry and Serious Debate

August 29 2018

Introducing Flexibility Into A Government Program Isn't The Same As Expanding It

August 21 2018

The Family Act would leave all workers with less take-home pay

August 3 2018

The Rubio-Wagner Bills Help Workers by Modernizing Social Security

August 1 2018

Conservatives Obsessing about the Social Security Trust Fund Miss the Big Picture

July 9 2018

Paid Leave Won't Destroy Social Security, But Improve It

July 2 2018

So-Called Experts Who See America as Among Worst Places for Women Are Deeply Delusional

June 27 2018

Candidates’ Views — Not Their Gender — Is What Matters

June 11 2018

FGM Shouldn’t Have a Place in the U.S. — or Anywhere

May 21 2018

Reader’s Digest Needlessly Worries Moms

May 15 2018

Urge Graduates to Create a Culture of Kindness and Respect

May 13 2018

Takeaways: Help Workers Prepare for Leave Time

November 25 2019

Policy Focus: Help Workers Prepare for Leave Time

November 12 2019

Takeaways: Time to Modernize Social Security

November 27 2018

Policy Focus: Time to Modernize Social Security

November 16 2018

Takeaways: A Market in Higher Education

May 10 2018

Policy Focus: A Market in Higher Education

May 2 2018

Policy Focus: Modernizing Flexible Spending Accounts

December 17 2017

Policy Focus: Flexible Scheduling

August 18 2017

Policy Focus: Promoting Child Care Choice

January 16 2017

Report: Working For Young Women: A Modern Agenda for Improving Millennial Women's Lives

September 26 2016

Policy Focus: Overtime Regulations

September 21 2016

Report: Working For Women: A Modern Agenda for Improving Women's Lives

March 12 2016

Policy Focus: Regulations And Child-Care Costs

December 9 2015

Policy Focus: Women In The Economy

August 24 2015

Policy Focus: The Gainful Employment Rule

September 25 2014

Policy Focus: The FAMILY Act

January 12 2014

Policy Focus: The Real Debt Crisis

October 18 2013

Policy Focus: Minimum Wage

August 14 2013

Dependency on Government

October 16 2012

Paycheck Fairness Act

June 11 2012

Policy Focus: Government Over-Spending

January 24 2011

Policy Brief #27: FMLA Benefits for Part-Time Workers Would Hurt Those They Are Supposed to Help

January 6 2010

Policy Brief #26: New FMLA Regulations Provided Needed Clarity to Law

October 10 2009

Policy Brief #24: National Health Care in Canada: Lessons in Rationing

July 23 2009

Policy Brief #22: Keep Uncle Sam Away from Toddlers:The Case Against Government Funding for Preschool

June 11 2009

Policy Brief #19: Hawaii's Lesson in the Perils of Universal Health Insurance

March 23 2009

Policy Brief #18: Mandated Paid Sick Leave: The Wrong Medicine for Workers

March 18 2009

Policy Brief #15: Expanding SCHIP Doesn't Fix Real Problems in U.S. Healthcare System

January 26 2009

Policy Brief #14: Expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act and Other Government-mandated Leave Benefits: A Preview of the 111th Congress

January 22 2009

Position Paper No. 609: Excellence, Not Gender Parity, Should Be Priority for STEM Faculty

August 15 2008

IWF Policy Brief #13: Congress Should Commit to Restraining Spending

February 11 2008

Position Paper No. 606 Who Pays for My Time Off? The Costs and Consequences of Government-Mandated Leave

February 5 2008

IWF Policy Brief #8: SCHIP Debate Isn't About the Children: It's About Our Healthcare System's Future

November 19 2007

IWF Policy Brief #7: Chairman Charles Rangel's Plan to Penalize Marriage and Discourage Women from Working

October 26 2007

IWF Policy Brief #4: Eliminating the Wage Cap Won't Fix Social Security

October 6 2007

The Death Tax: Unfair, Inefficient, Bad for Women

November 9 2005

Sex (Ms.) Education

February 10 2005

Women's Economic Independence Report Card

October 22 2004

Taxing Independence: The Price of Feminists' Love Affair with High Taxes

August 24 2004

Recess from Reality: The Feminist Failure to Embrace School Choice

June 21 2004

Dependency Divas: How the Feminist Big Government Agenda Betrays Women

January 30 2004

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