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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 (one son and three daughters, all of whom are growing up to be very independent young women).

Recent Articles:

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


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: 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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