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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:

The Carbon Footprint Secretary of State

December 1 2015

Census: More Women Now Earning More than Husbands

November 30 2015

What Did President Obama Give the Nation for Thanksgiving?

November 30 2015

Paris Climate Conference: Everybody Who Is Anybody Is Jetting in for the Talks

November 30 2015

Obama Administration's Internet Seizure in Court This Week

November 30 2015

Helpful: DNC Offers Tips on How to Ruin Thanksgiving Dinner

November 25 2015

How Is the Walmart Wage Hike Working Out?

November 25 2015

Census: 21.6 Percent of Children on Food Stamps

November 24 2015

Dean Stands (Incoherently) with Campus Protests

November 24 2015

Yep, CNN Went Right Ahead and Aired a College Rape Film that Rests on Almost Certainly False "Facts"

November 23 2015

Another Horror Story from the Post-Marriage World

November 23 2015

A School Choice Victory in Louisiana

November 21 2015

Factual Feminist: Do Men Need to Check Their Privilege?

November 20 2015

Being a Federal Bureaucrat is Highly Lucrative--and Virtually Fireproof

November 20 2015

French Intellectual: Not a Time to Be Sentimental

November 17 2015

Husband of Woman Who Died September 11 Returns Her "Woman of the Year" Award to Glamour Mag

November 16 2015


November 16 2015

Painful: Keely Mullen of the Million Student March Goes on Cavuto and Reveals She Has No Idea What She Is Talking About

November 13 2015

Kate Winslet Says Talking about the Wage Gap Is "Vulgar"

November 13 2015

Kirsten Powers: Hmmm. Ladies of "The View" Might Want to Think Twice about Calling Carly "Demented"

November 12 2015

Hillary Clinton: I Am Now Against Charter Schools

November 12 2015

Pew Research Center: More Young Women Living with Relatives Now Than at Any Time Since 1940

November 11 2015

GOP Debate Notes: Policy Can Be Surprisingly Lively

November 11 2015

Annals of Civility: Senator Claire McCaskill Says Men Should "Just Shut the Hell Up"

November 10 2015

Not a Frat Prank: Rolling Stone Sued for $25 Million for Discredited Gang Rape Story

November 10 2015

Hoff Sommers: Schools Should Work with Boys--Not Against Their Nature

November 9 2015

What If Bears Killed Only One in Five People?

November 9 2015

What Did You Learn in School Today?

November 9 2015

President Nixes Keystone XL Pipeline

November 6 2015

Money Well Spent: Oregon Puts on $80,000 "White Privilege" Conference

November 5 2015

ObamaCare: The Death Watch

November 5 2015

More Debate Fallout: President Obama's Ridicule Unintentionally Funnier than He Thought

November 4 2015

What Does the Keystone Debacle Say about Doing Business in the U.S.?

November 4 2015

DOE: Let Transgender Student Use Girls Locker Room or Lose Funding

November 3 2015

A Tale of Two Congressional Hearings

November 3 2015

Flowers for CNBC?

November 3 2015

President Obama: The $20 Trillion Man

November 2 2015

Cities to Business: Go Away!

November 2 2015

A Troll Story for Halloween - A Patent Troll, That Is

October 30 2015

A "Deeply Disturbing" Situation: Cops Are Afraid to Do Their Jobs

October 30 2015

"Feminists" on The View Go Crazy Talking about Carly Fiorina's "Demented" Face

October 30 2015

CNBC's Rebecca Quick Cited Discredited Wage Gap Number in Last Night's GOP Debate

October 29 2015

Politico: How Carly Fiorina Is Redefining Feminism

October 28 2015

Factual Feminist Looks at AAU Study of Campus Sexual Assault

October 28 2015

War on Women: Obama Policies

October 28 2015

Social Security Wages Report: Half Working Americans Earn Less than $30,000 a Year

October 26 2015

Female Eunuch Author Vs. Glamour Mag and Caitlyn Jenner

October 26 2015

ObamaCare's Shattered Inevitability

October 26 2015

A Mixed Day at the Benghazi Hearing

October 23 2015

Report: Strong Families Are Key to Prosperity

October 22 2015

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

Obama Admistration's Internet Power-Grab • WIBC Garrison

February 12 2015

What's behind "No Gender December" • Rick Amato Show

December 16 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

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

GOP Candidates Counter Comic-Book CNBC Panel

October 29 2015

Our Old Friend the Wage Gap: It's Not the Real Story from Latest BLS Stats

October 23 2015

Don’t look now, New England, but political correctness can bite you, too

October 16 2015

Ian Mercer: Gun Control Lecturer

October 9 2015

Progressive Officials: Murdered Woman Should Have Known It Was Unsafe to Visit Mom in Public Housing

September 25 2015

How Achilles Can Help Us Understand Donald Trump

September 11 2015

State of Media Culture: Cop Killer Tweeter Is New York Magazine Martyr

September 11 2015

Shonda Rhimes’ New Habit? Nuns

September 2 2015

Celebrity Diplomats Don’t Help America’s Cause

August 28 2015

When Pigs Fly

August 21 2015

The Forgotten Trump

August 14 2015

Daddy Dearest

August 10 2015

It Takes an Entourage

August 5 2015

Hillary's Jet and Other Global Climate Phonies

July 31 2015

The War on Ordinary People

July 17 2015

Sacramento School: Hey, Let's Dumb Down Education for Immigrants!

July 4 2015

Happy Postmodern Father’s Day!

June 22 2015

New Indiana Rape Law: Anti-Rapist Rather than Anti-Man

June 19 2015

Charnice Milton, An American Daughter

June 5 2015

Teen Genius Solves College Loan Conundrum that So Baffles President Obama

May 22 2015

Carly Fiorina and the F-Word

May 8 2015

FEC Hearts Hillary

April 24 2015

I Blame “Jackie”: But Rolling Stone and the Columbia J School "Sleuths" Deserve Much More Blame

April 10 2015

Like a Rolling Stone: You Don’t Have to Have Two Pulitzers Under Your Belt to Know How the Magazine Got it Wrong

March 26 2015

Hard Drives

March 12 2015

Net Neutrality Will Become the Internet’s ObamaCare

February 27 2015

College Experiment: You’re Not Doomed Without A Degree

February 13 2015

Are You Still Charlie?

January 30 2015

Our Misplaced Faith in the Magical Power of "Education"

January 16 2015

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

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