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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:

Radical Chic Updated and Two Murdered Police Officers

December 22 2014

Law Students: We Can't Study Rape Law Because It Might Traumatize Us

December 19 2014

The Rise of a New Kind of Presidency

December 19 2014

Ricochet Revels in the "Extraordinary Life of Barack Obama's Imaginary Son"

December 19 2014

Vermont Bids Farewell to Single-Payer System

December 19 2014

Just What We Need in Wake of Ferguson: Obamas Share Personal Experiences of Racial Bias with People Magazine

December 17 2014

Federal Judge: Obama Immigration Order Unconstitutional

December 17 2014

Factual Feminist: Why Did So Many Fall for the U Va Gang Rape Story?

December 16 2014

DOJ Campus Sexual Assault Study: The Administration's One-In-Five Statistic Appears to Be Waaaay Off Base

December 15 2014

Internet Gets Reprieve from Greedy Taxman

December 15 2014

Douthat on "The Imitation of Marriage"

December 15 2014

Senator Tom Coburn's Farewell

December 12 2014

Noonan's Must-Read Column on the "Torture" Report

December 12 2014

Brennan: Enhanced Interrogation "Useful" in Finding Bin Laden

December 11 2014

Have You Committed a Felony Today...Without Even Knowing It?

December 11 2014

Behind the "Torture" Report...

December 11 2014

Speaker Boehner Refuses to Save Nation from Evening of Mind-Numbing Boredom

December 4 2014

China Is Now the Number One Economy in the World

December 4 2014

The War on Elizabeth Lauten

December 3 2014

Separated at Birth: Jonathan Gruber and Kathleen Sebelius

December 3 2014

It's Time to Make the Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

December 2 2014

Bitter Clingers: Two Political Scientists Won't Give up on the "War on Women" for 2016

December 1 2014

In Praise of Working-Class People Who...Work

December 1 2014

Obama Administration: Hey, Authoritarian Regimes Deserve to Help "Administer" the Internet, too

December 1 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26 2014

Ferguson Is the Backdrop to Our Holiday Season

November 26 2014

Rolling Stone's U-Va Rape Story

November 25 2014

What--If Anything--Does the Hagel Departure Mean for National Defense?

November 25 2014

McKinsey Global Institute Obesity Report: Kudos to Self-Regulation by Industries

November 21 2014

American Caesar

November 21 2014

The Audacity of Tearing Up the Constitution

November 20 2014


November 20 2014

The Keystone Vote: Bad Day for Mary Landrieu

November 19 2014

Campus Rape Culture: Another Issue on Which the Obama Administration May Be Failing to Get Its Point Across

November 18 2014

Jonah Goldberg's Gruber Rant: It Is Actually a Crystalline Analysis of What's Wrong with Washington

November 18 2014

More than 60 Percent of Posts on ObamaCare Website Are from 100 Busy People

November 18 2014

Professor Gruber: Senior Citizens at Top of My Stupid List

November 17 2014

Scoring Big with Professor Gruber

November 17 2014

New York Times reporter: The Immigration Debate is Between President Obama and President Obama

November 17 2014

Lifelong Democrat: I Give Up on ObamaCare

November 14 2014

Grubergate and Democracy

November 14 2014

Washington Post: Really Weird that GOP Is Angry that ObamaCare Architect Insults Intelligence of U.S. Voters

November 13 2014

Who's Stupid Now?

November 12 2014

If the "War on Women" Is Over, What about Hillary?

November 12 2014

Washington Post: Republicans Make Inroads with Women Voters

November 12 2014

Bad News: Obama Eyeing Control of Internet

November 11 2014

ObamaCare Architect: American Voters Are Really, Really Stupid

November 10 2014

Should Huckleberry Finn Have a "Trigger Warning"?

November 10 2014

Update on Women and Ground Combat Units: Marines Conducting Tests

November 10 2014


November 7 2014

Supreme Court says small, private companies don't have to provide contraception • Neal Larson Show

July 1 2014

Under Title IX equal opportunities should not mean equal outcomes • SportsTalk 84 with Lachlan McLean

June 25 2014

Is there a hysteria developing about rape on campus? • WIBC Garrison

June 12 2014

Planet Cynical: Valerie Jarrett’s transparently false claims on salary transparency • WIBC Greg Garrison

April 17 2014

Battle of the Ages: Boomers vs Millennials • Stossel

February 27 2014

Hays • Feminization of poverty is a real problem • Garrison on 93WIBC (01.16.14)

January 16 2014

Hays • Why is it so difficult for new college graduates to get hired? • WPHT Dom Giordano (12.18.13)

December 18 2013

Hays • Contraception fight goes to court on religious freedom grounds • Wash Post TV (12.4.13)

December 4 2013

Charlotte Hays joins AM Colorado to discuss the Congressional SNAP challenge

June 24 2013

Charlotte Hays joins the Andy Caldwell Show to discuss why women do not need more government protection

June 11 2013

Charlotte Hays sets the record straight on the pay gap on WGTK's Joe Elliot Show

June 11 2013

Charlotte Hays discusses how women are exceeding men financially and educationally on the Bill Meyer Show

March 26 2013

Charlotte Hays discusses some surprising new Census data on just how far women have come on the Vicki McKenna Show

March 25 2013

Charlotte Hays discusses the sequester and the President's visit to Israel on the Andy Caldwell Show

March 21 2013

Charlotte Hays discusses the soda ban and Mayor Bloomberg on the Lockwood Phillips Show

March 13 2013

Charlotte Hays discusses the sequester on the Andy Caldwell Show

March 8 2013

Charlotte Hays discusses VAWA on the Reid Mullins Show

March 4 2013

Charlotte Hays discusses sequestration and VAWA on The Andy Caldwell Show

February 21 2013

Charlotte Hays discusses what to expect in the State of the Union Address on Conservative Commandos Radio Show

February 12 2013

Charlotte Hays discusses the war against boys on KFKA's AM Colorado

February 11 2013

Charlotte Hays discusses boys being boys and underachievement in school on The Diane Jones Morning Show

February 8 2013

Charlotte Hays discusses Panetta's call to lift ban for women in combat on the Casey Hendrickson Show

January 24 2013

Charlotte Hays discusses women in combat on the Vicki McKenna Show

January 24 2013

Charlotte Hays discusses the record number of women in Senate with Reid Mullins

January 4 2013

Charlotte Hays discusses Jovan Belcher's brutal crime and guns with Andy Caldwell

December 5 2012

Charlotte Hays discusses women's trust issues with the GOP on the Bill LuMaye Show

November 15 2012

Charlotte Hays discusses the GOP women problem with KVI's John Carlson

November 13 2012

Charlotte Hays discusses new polling and disappearing gender gap on WOWO with Casey Hendrickson

October 9 2012

Charlotte Hays discusses the culture of dependency on the Andy Caldwell Show

September 28 2012

Charlotte Hays reacts to the final evening of the DNC on The Schilling Show

September 7 2012

Charlotte Hays discusses Akin comments and the so-called "War on Women" on WRHU-FM

August 22 2012

Charlotte Hays discusses the so-called "War on Women" and the women vote on The Frank Beckmann Show

August 21 2012

Charlotte Hays discusses the heated debate over women on The Randy Tobler Show

August 18 2012

Charlotte Hays discusses the left's untruth about Paul Ryan and women on The Vinnie Penn Project

August 15 2012

Charlotte Hays discusses the July jobs report on WTMA's Morning Buzz

August 3 2012

Charlotte Hays discusses how the economy has affected the number of rich people to tax on The Neal Larson Show

July 16 2012

Charlottes Hays discusses taxes on WTMA's Morning Buzz

July 13 2012

Charlotte Hays discusses the low June jobs report on The G. Gordon Liddy Show

July 9 2012

Charlotte Hays discusses recent jobs report on AM Colorado

July 9 2012

Charlotte Hays discusses the grim unemployment outlook on AM Colorado

July 9 2012

What's Up with Terry Lowry: Is President Obama an Economic Illiterate?

July 19 2011

The Mike Schikman Show: Is President Obama an Economic Illiterate?

July 14 2011

The Alana Burke Show: Drawdown of Troops in Afghanistan

June 29 2011

What's Up with Terry Lowry: ObamaNEYcare

June 20 2011

The Dana Show: Wal-Mart Case Decision

June 20 2011

IWF in the News: Barack Hearts Debbie's 'Cute Smile'

June 18 2011

The Mike Schikman Show: GOP Debate Winners and Losers

June 16 2011

The Dave Rutherford Show: The 2012 Race

June 15 2011

The Alana Burke Show: GOP Debate Winners and Losers

June 15 2011

The Amy Oliver Show: GOP Debate Winners and Losers

June 14 2011

GQ, We’re Not Laughing With You, But At You

December 19 2014

The Legacy of Michael Brown and the Future of Young Black Men

December 5 2014

A Tale of Two Substances

November 21 2014

Bye-bye, Sandra Fluke. Hello, Joni Ernst

November 7 2014

A Glimmer of Hope for American Academia?

October 24 2014

Ebola and the Affordable Care Act

October 10 2014

How I Wish “Watters World” Had Covered the People’s Climate March

September 26 2014

Has the "War on Women" Jumped the Shark?

September 12 2014

United in Hatred: Occupy and Ferguson

August 29 2014

"Affirmative Consent" Laws Create More Confusion and Problems Than They Would Solve

August 15 2014

American Grocery Bills Resemble Life in "The Hunger Games"

August 1 2014

Schumer: You Don’t Have to Convert But You Might Not Be Able to Do Business Either

July 18 2014

POTUS and FLOTUS Want Malia and Sasha to Experience Minimum Wage Jobs: The Girls Could Learn a Lot

July 4 2014

Hunger in America: Kids of Ivy League Parents Starving without Michelle Obama’s Intervention

June 20 2014

A Soldier for the Age of Obama?

June 6 2014

Dangerous Women: Jill and Hillary

May 23 2014

Boko Haram: Hillary's Bad Choices

May 9 2014

Hillary: The Achievement Gap

April 25 2014

Planet Cynical: Valerie Jarrett’s Transparently False Claims on Salary Transparency

April 11 2014

The Snake Pit: Michelle Obama’s hell hole of an East Wing

March 28 2014

The Bossy Chronicles

March 13 2014

The New Courtiers: Or Things You Can No Longer Say “in the Shadow of the West Wing”

February 28 2014

Rules of Engagement for the "War on Women"

January 31 2014

The Itsy-Bitsy Speech

January 29 2014

Five Reasons Not to Take The Shriver Report Seriously—and One Reason to Take It Very, Very Seriously

January 21 2014

What Happened When North Carolina Slashed Unemployment Benefits? People Got Jobs…Weird

January 17 2014

Obama: The Enemy of “Lives as Usual”

January 3 2014

The Unappealing Spectacle of Wretched Excess

December 20 2013

When Did Class Warfare Become the New Normal?

December 6 2013

Why White Trash Habits Keep Grads in the Parental Basement

December 3 2013

“Health” Insurance for Hook-Ups

November 22 2013

Kanye and Kim’s Wedding Proposal and the Decline of ‘Elite Values’

November 14 2013

The World Is My Selfie

November 8 2013

When Did White Trash Become Normal?

November 2 2013

Don't Fire Secretary Sebelius!

October 25 2013

Michelle, Michelle, How Does Your (White House) Garden Grow?

October 18 2013

Our Severely Disabled Disability System

October 11 2013

Terry McAuliffe and Democrats Continue To Wage a War for Women

September 27 2013

When the Phony “War on Women” Becomes Moot

September 13 2013

President Bluffer Plays Poker with Assad

August 30 2013

The Decayed Press Corps' Rotten Questions

August 16 2013

Obama's United States of Pick Pocketing

August 2 2013

American Graffiti 2.0: Whatever Happened to Summer?

July 19 2013

The Royal Presidency

July 5 2013

Miss Utah: Is a Ms. Magazine Subscription the Latest Must-Have For a Pageant Contestant?

June 21 2013

No, Mr. Volcker, Distrust in Government is Good

June 7 2013

The Destruction of Our Culture of Self-Reliance and Civic Society

May 24 2013

Boston Strong: Behind the Bluster

May 3 2013

Warren Buffett Has His Secretary—and Barack Obama Has…Me

April 19 2013

Stuart Stevens’ Quiet Moments

April 5 2013

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