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Jennifer C. Braceras

Senior Fellow

Jennifer C. Braceras is a political columnist and a former Commissioner of the United States Commission on Civil Rights (2001-2007). She is thrilled to renew her association with the Independent Women’s Forum, where almost two decades ago she served as Legal Policy Fellow.

A 1994 graduate of the Harvard Law School, Braceras often writes about issues at the intersection of law, politics, and culture. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Washington Times, and The Weekly Standard. Much of her writing has focused on education, Title IX, media bias, and the politics of judicial nominations and confirmations. She also has a keen interest in America as an idea (particularly the notions of American Exceptionalism and the American Dream) and writes often about the things that bind us together as a people (our shared history, our civic traditions and institutions, and our devotion to liberty).

Earlier in her career, Braceras practiced labor and employment law with the Boston law firm Ropes & Gray and taught classes on civil rights and constitutional law at both Boston College Law School and Suffolk University Law School. Before becoming a lawyer, Braceras worked briefly at the Republican National Committee before taking a job as a Staff Assistant in the Office of Vice President Dan Quayle.

She currently lives in the Boston area with her husband and four children — three daughters (who are growing up to be very independent young women) and a son (who is learning to respect them).

Recent Articles:

Bias Response Teams
August 20 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Maine votes to retain the Electoral College
August 19 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Opening the Courthouse Doors to Property Owners
August 5 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Colorado Voters Will Soon Decide Whether to Go Back to the Electoral College
July 30 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Two Truths and a Lie: Federal Judiciary
July 16 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Corporate Quotas as Virtue Signaling
July 12 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Attempts to Bypass Electoral College Pick Up Steam
June 17 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


How Women's Suffrage Happened: The Chronology
June 4 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Nevada and Maine Reject Efforts to Scrap the Electoral College
May 30 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Closely-Watched Opioid Case Against Manufacturers Starts Today
May 28 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Rounding Up the Science Behind the Roundup Nuisance Litigation
May 28 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Nevada set to join compact to subvert the Electoral College
May 23 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Two Truths and a Lie: The Electoral College
May 21 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Elizabeth Warren's Plan To Send Corporate Heads to Jail for Corporate Mishaps
April 23 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Keep the Electoral College: A National Popular Vote Would Be Destabilizing
April 8 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Sour Grapes and Electoral Mischief: Attack on the Electoral College
April 2 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Equality Act's Gender Identity Provision Goes Too Far
March 29 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


After Judge Neomi Rao Is Confirmed, Senate Dems Continue Obstruction
March 16 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Did a Federal Judge Just Let the ERA in through the Back Door?
February 26 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Is the ERA Dead in the Water? Or Just Gasping for Air?
February 21 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Women's March Connected to Anti-Semitism From the Beginning
January 13 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Alexander Praises DeVos’ Efforts to Reform Title IX
June 4 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Native American Tribes, State and Local Governments Sue Pharmaceutical Companies Over Opioid Abuse Crisis
May 30 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


University of Texas anti-bias policies are intended to chill speech, groups tell appeals court
August 20 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Maine votes to retain the Electoral College
August 19 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Opioid Lawsuits Are Not The Solution to Our Opioid Crisis • Connecticut Today with Paul Pacelli
August 15 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Due Process Denied: The Department of Education's Enforcement of Title IX on Campus
August 14 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Will The Politics On Gun Control Shift This Time? • WGBH
August 14 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Fall Out from Iowa State Fair, Epstein's Death, and Calls for Gun Control • WGBH
August 12 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Opening the Courthouse Doors to Property Owners
August 5 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Regulations to Come Over Same-Sex Sports Competitions • The Bill Bennett Show
July 16 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Sec. Acosta Gives A Defiant Self-Defense, But Questions Remain • WGBH
July 10 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Top Headlines in Politics: Joe Biden, Justin Amash, and Justice Reform • Boston Public Radio
July 8 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


7 Delusional Fantasies Democratic Presidential Candidates Are Trying to Sell America
June 26 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Is the Electoral College Really Necessary? Expert Tara Ross Explains
June 17 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Kamala Harris's "equal pay" hoax • Breitbart News Tonight
June 3 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Politics Roundtable: Trump's Travels, Kushner’s Eyebrow-Raising Interview, Gun Violence Back In The Headlines • WGBH
June 3 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


What Kamala Harris Gets Wrong About the Wage Gap • Vicki McKenna Show
May 31 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


War Of Words: Will Impeachment And Abortion Debates Frame 2020? • WGBH
May 22 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


16-Year-Olds Want a Vote. Fifty Years Ago, So Did 18-Year-Olds.
May 19 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Elizabeth Warren Says She Won't Go On Fox. Is It A Smart Move? • WBUR
May 15 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Dems Use Impeachment for Fundraising, While Most Americans Don't Want to Hear It • Diane Jones Show
April 29 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Mueller's Investigation Is Over. What Happens Next? • WBUR
March 25 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


The Mueller Report: What Does is All Mean? • WGBH
March 25 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Should The Voting Age Be Lowered To 16? • WGBH
March 7 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Racism In The Headlines: Gov. Ralph Northam And The NFL • Greater Boston
February 4 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


2018 In Review: Mass Shootings • WGBH
December 19 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


2018 Year In Review: What News Story Stuck With You? • WGBH
December 19 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


‘Year Of The Woman’ • WGBH
December 19 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Jennifer Braceras Discusses House Leadership, ACLU, and Health Care • WBUR
November 30 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Does the GOP Have a Trump Problem? • WGBH News
November 19 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


A Midterm Election Like None Other • WGBH News
November 5 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Climate change activists making energy the new tobacco?
October 26 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Protests Demanding Diversity Preceded Warren Hiring
October 20 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Sen. Warren’s DNA Test Shows 2020 Has Already Begun • WGBH
October 16 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


After Kavanaugh-Ford hearing, does MeToo face a backlash?
October 2 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


What are the Kavanaugh Trials REALLY About? • Conservative Comandos
October 1 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Rosenstein Rumors A Smoke Screen For Kavanaugh Woes? • WGBH
September 24 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


People are Desperate to Believe Ford Based on Feelings Not Facts • Issues and Ideas
September 24 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


What Could Ford Say to Change Republican's Minds? • America's News HQ
September 23 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


We Need to Find the Truth, Not Blindly Believe Anyone in Kavanaugh Situation • Andrew Langer Show
September 22 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


'Shut up': Democrats fire up man-bashing to defeat Kavanaugh in 'defining' #MeToo moment
September 21 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Me Too Movement Goes Too Far with Politicization of Kavanaugh Accuser • The Wilkow Majority
September 20 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


What could be behind the accusations against Kavanaugh? • Lars Larson Show
September 20 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Statement: Allegations Against Kavanaugh Must Be Evaluated Based on Evidence and Credibility
September 18 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Kavanaugh Accusations in the #MeToo Era • NPR Boston
September 17 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Federalist Society's Role In Picking SCOTUS Nominees • CBS Boston
July 10 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


War on Grades • Bill Meyer Show
February 2 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Oklahoma Going After BigPharma
August 8 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Corporate gender quotas reinforce privilege
August 5 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Partisan politics blocks a qualified judicial appointment in N.H.
July 22 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


The Ignorant Trashing of Alex Acosta
July 11 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Democratic Presidential Candidates Are Seeking To ‘Pack’ The Supreme Court
July 10 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Do most voters even know who Bill Weld is?
July 9 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Parsing Transgender Equality in Athletics
June 24 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Maine avoids political suicide — for now
June 10 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


New Haven should keep Columbus Day
June 5 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Kamala Harris's Equal Pay Hoax
May 27 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Paid leave that won’t burden taxpayers or business
May 13 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


A tale of two rollouts: Tone-deaf Joe Biden vs. patriotic Seth Moulton
April 29 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Further investigation of Trump is pointless political theater
April 18 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


The Gospel According to Game of Thrones
April 14 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Democrats cry ‘wolf’ on collusion and cover-ups
March 26 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Ayanna Pressley thinks your 16-year-old should be able to vote. Let that sink in a minute
March 11 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Nothing to fear from Title IX reboot, except long arm of the law
February 19 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Pantsuit Nation Cries Foul
February 15 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Who’s afraid of Neomi Rao?
February 10 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


One of Elizabeth Warren's Harvard Law Students Explains Why Her Native-American Gambit Matters
October 18 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Feinstein Played Ford Like A Pawn
September 27 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Brett Kavanaugh and the limits of hashtag feminism
September 19 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


The Extortion of Big Pharma
August 24 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Climate Litigation Isn't the Answer
July 2 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


‘Proficiency’ is a flawed model for education
July 2 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


How Title IX became an ideological battering ram
May 28 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


What Does the Future Hold for New York City’s Columbus Statue?
February 1 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


The War on Grades Deserves to Fail
January 30 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Takeaways: The Electoral College
June 27 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Legal Brief: The Electoral College
May 21 2019
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Takeaways: Nuisance Lawsuits Won't Solve Opioid Crisis
September 14 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


Legal Brief: Nuisance Lawsuits Won't Solve Opioid Crisis
August 15 2018
by Jennifer C. Braceras


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