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Charlotte Hays

Director of Cultural Programs, Senior Editor

Charlotte Hays is IWF's senior editor and director of cultural program.

Hays gets up most mornings and contributes to the Inkwell, the weblog of the Independent Women's Forum. Hays joined the Independent Women's Forum in 1999 as editor of The Women's Quarterly. When the quarterly evolved into our web operation, Hays became a senior editor.

Known for her quick and irreverent sense of humor, Hays has appeared on cable television programs such as Politically Incorrect, C-Span's Washington Journal, and PBS's To the Contrary. A former correspondent for the National Catholic Register and a feature writer at The Washington Times, Hays has been fascinated by politics since covering local politics for alternative weeklies in New Orleans. She is coauthor of three humorous books on southern culture, the first of which was the best-selling Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral. She is also author of Fortune Hunters, a book on what it takes to make a Midas marriage. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street JournalNew York magazine, the Washington Post’s “Book World,” and the Weekly Standard.

Hays has recently returned to IWF after several years of serving as editor of In Character, A Journal of Everyday Virtues, which was published by the John Templeton Foundation.mes, Hays has been fascinated by politics since covering local politics for alternative weeklies in New Orleans.

Recent Articles:

Did Justice Alito Signal that He's Willing to Strike a Blow Against the Administrative State?

June 24 2019

"Peace Cross" Ruling: A Victory for Religious Liberty and Pluralism

June 21 2019

Condoleezza Rice Gives NBC's Sheinelle Jones Healthy Dose of Reality on Current Race Relations

June 21 2019

College Professor Traumatizes Student by Assigning Male Writers

June 19 2019

Why Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's Nazi Death Camps Smear Shows a Need for Remedial History Course

June 19 2019

KFF Survey: Most People Don't Realize How Drastically Medicare for All Would Change Things

June 18 2019

U.K. Banning Gender Stereotypes in Advertising--But Just the Harmful Ones

June 17 2019

California's "Free" Medical Care for Illegal Immigrants Will Cost Taxpayers a Bundle

June 17 2019

A Fond Farewell to a Gracious Lady, Sarah Sanders

June 14 2019

Harvard Dean Delivers Maybe Most Depressing Graduation Speech in History

June 14 2019

At Oberlin, a Big Loss for the Student Mob

June 13 2019

Socialism at Work: Ocasio-Cortez Says She Needs a Raise

June 12 2019

Connecticut On Verge of Setting Up Barriers to "Nail Technicians" Finding Work

June 7 2019

Latest Attack on Short-term Loans from Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders

June 6 2019

Are Our Libraries Becoming Daytime Homeless Shelters?

June 5 2019

The Crusade Against Short-Term Loans Moves to California

June 4 2019

New Way to Escape Paying College Loan Debt: Flee the U.S.

June 3 2019

United Nations Deems Siri and Alexa Tools of the Patriarchy

May 30 2019

Does Learning about "White Privilege" Make You More Sympathetic Towards African Americans?

May 29 2019

People Are Talking about Quillette, a High-Brow Publication for Academics. No, Really--It's Hot

May 29 2019

Feminist Author Naomi Wolf's Foundational Factual Error Unmasked on BBC Radio

May 28 2019

Memorial Day, 2019

May 26 2019

Lionel Shriver: We Need to Talk about Those SAT “Adversity Points”

May 24 2019

New York Times Columnist: Rich Progressives Are Making Our Cities Unlivable

May 24 2019

Uh-Oh: Men Earn More than Women in Senator Harris' Senate Office and on Campaign Staff

May 23 2019

Why Universal Basic Income Will Ruin Lives

May 23 2019

U.K. Columnist: I'd Rather Not Have Gone to Oxford if I Needed "Adversity Points" to Do So

May 22 2019

How Does the Media Elite Respond to Our Booming Economy?

May 21 2019

WSJ: Not Every Officer Wants to Be a General

May 21 2019

Three Years Later No Justice for Women in Cologne New Year's Eve Attacks

May 20 2019

What If "Junk" Health Insurance Isn't Junk?

May 20 2019

Camille Paglia Update: What It All Means

May 8 2019

New Rules Protect Medicaid Reimbursements from Coercive Union Dues Deductions

May 6 2019

Nick Gillespie on the Moral Aspects of Free College

April 30 2019

Rise of the Blue-Collar Woman: More Women Opting for Jobs in Fields Once Dominated by Men

April 29 2019

Disability Rolls Falling in Good Economy

April 29 2019

Sweden Declines to Deport Convicted Rapist

April 26 2019

What Senator Warren Is Not Telling Us about Debt Forgiveness

April 25 2019

Former Democratic Senator Breaks Ranks on Charter Schools

April 24 2019

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Just Cancel College Debt

April 22 2019

The Sound of Ignorance: Lilting Rogers & Hammerstein Song Deployed to Show How Evil Trump Is

April 22 2019

What Did People Do Before There Were College Loans?

April 19 2019

Tragic: Graduates of Historically Black Colleges Hard Hit by College Loan Debt Crisis

April 18 2019

Need Money? Hey, Just Print It

April 17 2019

Beto's Lousy Level of Charitable Giving: What It Means

April 17 2019

Yep, Odds Are You Got a Tax Cut

April 16 2019

"Radical Kitsch" at Columbia University: Fun and Games for Privileged Kids

April 16 2019

Meet the Worst College Loan Program: The PLUS Program Has Many Minuses

April 10 2019

Equal Fatality Day Would Fall on May 3, 2030

April 9 2019

What Happened When Heritage's Kay Coles James Was Put on a Google Board?

April 8 2019

Having Achieved World Peace, UN Turns Its Attention to Alexa and Siri—Symbols of the Patriarchy

May 31 2019

This Is How Women Voted in the Midterms—and What It Means for Election 2020

November 13 2018

MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace slammed for asking if Melania, Ivanka are 'dead inside' or 'paid off'

June 9 2018

#ChampionWomen Calls Out the Media's Double Standard for Women • Vicki McKenna Show

June 6 2018

IWF Statement on Former First Lady Barbara Bush

April 17 2018

A weekend about women

August 28 2017

Critics Of Campus Sexual Assault Handlings Prepare For DeVos Meeting

July 12 2017

Fauxcahontas Is No Civil Rights Leader • Garrison

February 9 2017

Jacques: Don’t Blame Sexism For Clinton Loss

November 11 2016

Obamacare's Ultimate Goal: Single Payer • Garrison

October 27 2016

Phyllis Schlafly's Legacy: 'She Encouraged Us To Speak Out And Speak Boldly'

September 7 2016

IWF Pokes Holes In 'Gender Gap'

August 26 2016

Study: It’s ‘Unhealthy’ For Young Men To Be Breadwinners

August 22 2016

More E-Mail Trouble For Hillary Clinton • Garrison

August 12 2016

Men Say They Work More Than Women. Here's The Truth.

June 29 2016

Is Hillary's Nomination A Shining Moment In American History? • Garrison

June 9 2016

Conservative Women: 'Trump Is Todd Akin On Steroids'

March 18 2016

HRC: I'm Going to Put a Lot of Coal Mining Companies out of Business • Conservative Commandos

March 16 2016

Obama's Last-Year "Plans" Under Fire

January 14 2016

Democrats Sexual Abuse Double Standard & Feminist's Unserious Take On Cologne Attacks • Stacy Petty Show

January 12 2016

Will President's Gun Control Executive Order Stop Gun Violence? Probably Not. • Garrison

January 7 2016

Pre-FBN Debate Analysis & GWU's Censored Women's Film Festival • Stacy Petty

November 10 2015

CNBC moderator Becky Quick used discredited wage gap statistics

October 30 2015

Civil War Brewing Over Caitlyn Jenner • Michael Koolidge

October 27 2015

Hillary Wants to Take Your Guns & Benghazi Hearing Analysis • Andy Caldwell

October 22 2015

Joe Biden Says No To 2016 & Second Amendment Under Fire • Conservative Commandos

October 21 2015

Law against discrimination makes hiring women a challenge

October 9 2015

Hillary Clinton and First Democrat Debate • Garrison

October 8 2015

The New Hillary: Suspension of Disbelief • Garrison

October 8 2015

Republicans hope Carly Fiorina will close the electoral gender gap. Here’s why she won’t.

September 28 2015

Trump's Disparaging Remarks on Fiorina's Face • Vicki McKenna

September 10 2015

Advice for young women in the work place • WCBS Pat Carroll

August 31 2015

Gender-equality numbers reliable? Nah, not so much

August 25 2015

'Women's equality' ranking, by state

August 24 2015

The Forgotten Trump, The Rise of Carly, and the Dishonest Hillary • Garrison

August 20 2015

Netflix and other big tech companies extending parental leave policies • One News Now

August 12 2015

Obama's policies an obstacle for startups

August 6 2015

Hillary Clinton's Reset • Conservative Commandos

June 16 2015

Podcast #12: Technology & Taxes: Costly Policies That Affect Consumers

June 11 2015

Podcast #11: Women LEAD Summit: Moving forward with a positive agenda for women

June 2 2015

The rise of Carly Florina • Vicki McKenna

May 28 2015

IRS targeting saved Obama re-election/Iran & Israel/UVA Rape Scandal • Andy Caldwell

April 9 2015

UVA Rolling Stone Report: A Blemish on Professional Journalism • Bill Martinez Live

April 9 2015

UN deems Israel the only violator of women's rights • Bobby Gunther Walsh

March 26 2015

UN deems Israel top violator of women's rights • Schilling Show

March 23 2015

Poverty & Ferguson/Hillary's Hard Drives/Prof wants to bypass Supreme Court • WIBC Garrison

March 19 2015

Hillary's Hard Drives • Conservative Commandos

March 17 2015

Hillary faces test as women's advocate/What happened to the Abbottabad docs? • Andy Caldwell

March 12 2015

How do we bring more women into top jobs? • BBC Radio

March 6 2015

Actress Patricia Arquette Demands Equal Pay in Oscar Speech • WCBM Sean and Frank

February 25 2015

Seattle's war on business won't help combat homelessness

May 16 2018

'Freedom of speech' is too sophisticated a concept for today's illiberal students

March 9 2018

Many of Trump's worst enemies have a lot in common with Obama-era 'birthers'

December 13 2017

Donna Brazile's book accidentally reveals what the Democratic Party really thinks about women

November 7 2017

Harvey Weinstein and the Hollywood/media industrial complex's war on women

October 13 2017

Why the ‘Will & Grace’ Reboot Traffics in Recycled Trump Jokes

October 3 2017

Fight Against School Vouchers Pits a Powerful Educational Establishment Against Low-Income Parents

August 8 2017

Drain the White House Correspondents Dinner!

February 17 2017

Fake News: The Atlantic Smears My Hometown...but Posh Magazines Never Get Called Out for Their Fake News

January 13 2017

Modern Tupperware Parties

December 22 2016

Do the Russkies Deserve the Pulitzky Prize?

December 16 2016

A Civilized Nation Does Not Force Its Women To Fight Its Wars

December 7 2016

Who’s Really Left Behind?: Reconnecting with Middle America Requires More than Messaging

December 2 2016

A Few Words on Infantilizing Feminism and the Campaign Just Ended: The Maturity Gap

November 11 2016

Obama's Fundamental Transformation Is Built on Quicksand; It is about to Become Set in Cement

October 28 2016

Wikileaks: Clinton Campaign Probably Knows the Truth about Job Loss and the $15 Minimum Wage Hike

October 14 2016

Stop and Frisk: The Inner City's Best Friend

September 30 2016

A New Theory of the (Male) Leisure Class

September 16 2016

Don’t Call Me Ms.: The Life and Times of Phyllis Schlafly

September 7 2016

Hooray For The Humanities!

September 1 2016

Long Overdue Wisdom from Donald Trump on Race, Law, and Order

August 19 2016

Second District Court Of Appeals: Two (Genders) Can Tango With Title IX

August 5 2016

Neat Trick: Clinton Plans to Do the Same Old Thing but Get Different Results

July 31 2016

Facing Up To Our Predicament: Stop Calling These Murders "Senseless"

July 22 2016

Mass. Pay Equity Legislation And The ‘War On Work’

July 15 2016

More and More Students Think They’re Oppressed

July 13 2016

Hillary's Scam Vs. Donald's Scam

July 8 2016

Why Is Fingerprinting Such a Sticky Point for Uber?

June 24 2016

D.C. Minimum Wage Hike: Liberals Feel Dandy, Low-Income Kids Get Hurt

June 10 2016

‘Safe Spaces’?: Not For Guys In Our Feminized College Environments

May 17 2016

Hillary Evolves: More Government Needed to Raise Tots

May 13 2016

Is Camilla the Wicked Stepmother in the Royal Family Drama?

May 6 2016

Hillary, Hill, And Jill

April 29 2016

Equal Pay Day: Hillary's Favorite Holiday

April 15 2016

Donald Trump Breathes New Life into Left’s War on Women

March 18 2016

Nancy Reagan: An Alternative Obituary

March 8 2016

Do Or Die Time

February 19 2016

Women In Combat Isn't Just A Women's Issue

February 18 2016

Steinem, Albright Try Bullying Female Voters into Supporting Hillary

February 11 2016

Muslim Women: Obama's Slap in the Face

February 5 2016

Now, What About The 13 Hours Of Hillary Clinton And Barack Obama?

January 22 2016

Will Bill Clinton's Sexual Past Disturb Hillary's "Women As Victim" Ploy?

January 8 2016

President Obama: Perks Are Great but Get Me Outta Here!

December 18 2015

From Cosmo Girl To Catholic Woman: The Story Of One Woman’s Liberation

December 12 2015

Celebrities, Please Stop Talking About Menopause

December 8 2015

Pathetic Protests

December 4 2015

Religion Of Peace?

November 28 2015


November 20 2015

The Media’s Snob Problem: Trump’s Gold Palace and Carson’s Jesus Painting

November 19 2015

Censored Women's Film Festival: Will There Be a Feminist in the Room?

November 6 2015

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