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Carrie L. Lukas


Carrie L. Lukas is the president of Independent Women's Forum. Lukas is the co-author of Liberty Is No War on Women, and the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism, which was published by Regnery Publishing.  She is also a contributor to National Review, Forbes.com, and Acculturated; and the vice president for policy and economics at Independent Women's Voice.

Lukas has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The New York Post.   Carrie has testified before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security. 

Before joining IWF in 2003, she worked on Capitol Hill as the senior domestic policy analyst for the House Republican Policy Committee and at the Cato Institute. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.  She lives with her husband and five children in Virginia. 

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Recent Articles:

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

Oscar-Winner Arquette Needs a New Script

February 23 2015

Women and ISIS

February 5 2015

Murder with a Message

January 9 2015

Who's Next Up for a Cyber Attack?

January 7 2015

What's at Stake for Women in the Net Neutrality Debate

January 7 2015

Lessons from Jackie and Rolling Stone

December 8 2014

A Better Path to Helping Women Succeed

December 8 2014

The Administration Hopes Americans Won't Notice Their Latest Education Regulation

November 17 2014

An Entertainment Marketplace

November 13 2014

County Government Hit with Big ObamaCare Fines

October 30 2014

Just a Slip of the Sexist Tongue?

October 27 2014

Playing the Sexism Card Where It Doesn’t Belong

October 22 2014

More Women in Congress, But Was It a Pink Wave?

November 12 2018

Will power shift give Democrats and Trump a chance to perfect the art of the deal?

November 9 2018

Will the power shift in Washington give Democrats and Trump a chance to perfect the art of the deal?

November 7 2018

When Asking '50 Influential Women' Why They’re Voting, Marie Claire Shuns Conservative Voices

November 5 2018

ADVISORY: Independent Women’s Forum Annual Awards Gala Featuring Hon. Nikki Haley, Mike Rowe, Harris Faulkner

October 28 2018

Carrie Lukas, President of the Independent Women's Forum • Americhicks

October 25 2018

What Republican women think of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination

October 4 2018

'Gender-quotas' bill labeled as damaging to women in business

October 2 2018

Jerry Brown's gender-quotas bill faces legal hurdles

October 1 2018

Statement: California's Corporate Board Quotas Can Backfire

October 1 2018

The FDA Must Avoid Policies that Would Inflame the Opioid Crisis

September 17 2018

Norway’s Boardroom Gender Quota Didn’t Work. California May Try It Anyway.

September 7 2018

What Would a Socialist America Look Like?

September 3 2018

Uber Outrage: Ocasio-Cortez Touts Support for Cab Drivers, Yet Campaign Uses Ride-Sharing Services

August 24 2018

More women are running for elected office, but voting still at forefront of Women's Equality Day

August 24 2018

Eight Lame Arguments Against Paid Leave

August 24 2018

Marco Rubio's paid family leave proposal is promising

August 21 2018

When It Comes to Paid Family Leave, Choice Is Key

August 19 2018

Ann Wagner, Marco Rubio face conservative opposition in extending Social Security to paid family leave

August 5 2018

Rubio's New Bill Using Social Security for Family Leave is a Conservative Solution • WMAL

August 2 2018

Sen. Rubio’s Economic Security for New Parents Act: The Fiscally Responsible and Modern Solution to Paid Parental Leave

August 2 2018

In 'Year of the Woman,' Poll Finds Gender Isn't Key

August 1 2018

Marco Rubio Pitches Paid Family Leave Tradeoff

August 1 2018

Rubio to introduce paid family leave plan

August 1 2018

Marco Rubio introduces paid family leave bill

August 1 2018

Conservatives Urge House Action on Making Individual Tax Cuts Permanent

July 24 2018

Carrie Lukas on the #ChampionWomen Movement • The Andy Caldwell Show

July 23 2018

Social Security Parental Leave • The Andy Caldwell Show

July 23 2018

Conservative Family Leave Plan Gains Traction • NPR's Morning Edition

July 12 2018

Republican senators push proposed paid leave solution for new parents

July 12 2018

ATR Leads Coalition Letter in Support of Expanding HSAs

July 11 2018

New push to break deadlock on paid family leave

July 11 2018

Ivanka Trump Pleas for Bipartisan Support on National Paid Family Leave Plan

July 11 2018

Lawmakers pitch dueling plans for paid family leave

July 11 2018

What you need to know about the GOP’s proposed family leave bill

July 11 2018

Study: Paid family leave proposal would accelerate Social Security's insolvency

July 9 2018

Marco Rubio to introduce 'conservative solution' on paid family leave

July 5 2018

Ivanka Trump's Paid Family Leave Plan Is Moving Forward — Here's What's Next

July 3 2018

Senate panel to hold hearing on paid family leave

July 3 2018

Agree to Disagree: Diversity in Liberty

July 2 2018

Congress, Think Tanks State Opposition to Carbon Taxes

June 22 2018

Bring debates back to the women’s movement, starting with paid family leave

June 21 2018

A Surgical Approach To High Prescription Drug Prices

June 4 2018

Women Thought Leaders: IWF President Carrie Lukas • To The Contrary

May 25 2018

How conservatives are poised to actually make paid family leave a reality

May 13 2018

Conservative groups demand farm program reforms

May 2 2018

President Trump, voices from across political spectrum remember Barbara Bush

April 18 2018

Use Nafta to Ease Regulation

April 12 2018

Statement: Speaker Ryan’s Leadership and Commitment to Better Government Will be Missed

April 11 2018

Mind Your Own Business: Women in Oklahoma face a 26 percent pay gap

April 10 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

'Abstinence only' is the wrong approach to vaping products

May 8 2018

Social Security Paid Leave: Let’s Have an Honest Discussion of the Trade-offs

April 27 2018

Social Security Paid Leave: Let’s Have an Honest Discussion of the Trade-offs

April 27 2018

What Self-Help Guru Tony Robbins Was Trying to Say

April 19 2018

Equal Pay Day's lies: Insulting logic, a misleading statistic

April 10 2018

How to offer paid leave without imposing a new tax

April 9 2018

Why Didn't President Obama Close The Wage Gap?

April 4 2018

Agreement on a Better Culture for Kids?

March 28 2018

Prioritize Reforming the EEOC

March 26 2018

Make a Deal on the EEOC

March 21 2018

Welcoming a Real Education Marketplace

March 5 2018

Paid-Leave Proposal Isn’t a New Entitlement

March 5 2018

A fiscally responsible paid leave policy even Paul Ryan could love

February 7 2018

Why Running Parent Leave Through Social Security Is The Smartest Live Option

February 2 2018

Rationalize the safety net with this simple paid family leave reform

February 1 2018

The Good News American Women Will Hear During State of the Union

January 30 2018

The movement to politicize women

January 23 2018

Las Vegas women’s march more about promoting progressive politics

January 18 2018

Don’t Politicize #MeToo

January 12 2018

Providing Paid Leave Benefits, Without Growing Government

January 11 2018

The Post Office Does Have Problems -- But Not Because of Amazon

January 5 2018

Want More Women in Leadership? Start By Confirming Some

December 18 2017

Another Big Winner from Tax Reform

December 7 2017

Rubio-Lee child tax credit isn't the only way to help struggling families

November 30 2017

Do Conservative Women Deserve Respect Too?

November 13 2017

Glamour’s unworthy ‘Women of the Year’

November 3 2017

Let's Prioritize Protecting Girls

October 31 2017

Women’s March just politics

October 26 2017

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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