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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:

Republicans Considering Drug Plans that Are Standbys of the Left

August 19 2019


New York Times Seeks to “Reframe” American History

August 19 2019


Would You Borrow $58,000 to Take Theater Courses at NYU?

August 19 2019


A Memoir about Consent on Campus

August 19 2019


Nice Little Supreme Court You Have There . . .

August 16 2019


Freshman Orientation: Not What It Used to Be

August 15 2019


The OTHER Patriotic Billionaires

August 14 2019


Affirmative Consent Fails to Get Nod from American Bar Association

August 13 2019


Immigrants and Welfare

August 13 2019


How the Promise of College Loan Debt Forgiveness Will Distort Choices

August 12 2019


Revolt of the Feminist Law Professors: They Support Due Process

August 9 2019


The Volunteer Baltimore Cleanup & the L.A. Rats

August 8 2019


Progressive Activist: GOP Woman Recruited Because of Looks

August 7 2019


Anti-Cop Rhetoric Deflects Attention from High Rates of Black-on-Black Victimization

August 6 2019


Two Horrific Mass Shootings

August 5 2019


Joe Biden’s Prophetic Remarks on Day Care

August 5 2019


Baltimore and Blaming Racism

August 2 2019


What Will American Citizenship Mean in the Future?

August 1 2019


Yo, Prince Harry, Most of Us Don't Really Care How Many Children You Have

August 1 2019


Conditions in Baltimore Raise Serious Questions

July 30 2019


Teen's Eco-Stunt Makes Opposite Point From One Intended

July 29 2019


When City Hall Runs Taco Bell

July 29 2019


Kavanaugh Attacker Tries to Rehabilitate Al Franken

July 29 2019


Is This What Fear Looks Like: Another View on Anti-Cop Rhetoric

July 26 2019


Confronted by Reality of $15 Minimum Wage, Bernie Sanders Does What Any Employer Would: Cut Hours

July 22 2019


Adults Can Steer Students Away From Colleges They Can't Afford

July 19 2019


Latest Non-Inclusive Word: American

July 18 2019


Recent Court Rulings May Signal Return to Due Process in Campus Sexual Accusation Cases

July 18 2019


Angry Politicians Living Rent-Free in Your Head?

July 17 2019


"Woke Assimilation"

July 16 2019


Oh, No: Prince Charles Predicts End of World. Again

July 15 2019


Columnist: The Citizenship Question Is About More than Numbers

July 15 2019


Kamala Harris' Housing Plan Leaves Out the Most Important Element of Owning a Home

July 12 2019


Carl Bernstein: Hey, Fellow Journalists, We Need to Find Out Who These Strange Trump Supporters Are

July 11 2019


Florida Retiree Faces Loss of Home after City Fines Him $30,00 Fine for Overgrown Yard

July 10 2019


Policies that Create Homelessness

July 9 2019


America's Democratic Ideals Make for Great Female Athletes

July 9 2019


"Speaking Bitterness": From Mao to Now

July 8 2019


An "Education Horror Story" Ignored as NEA Holds Out Tin Cup for 2020 Candidates

July 8 2019


New Jobs Report Counters Dickensian Picture of Economy Peddled in Democratic Debates

July 5 2019


Need Further Proof that Charters Provide Better Educational Outcomes?

July 3 2019


Two Truths and a Lie: Payday Loans

July 2 2019


The Beating of Andy Ngo and the Culture of Contempt

July 2 2019


Where in the World Is Beto O’Rourke?

July 1 2019


Stop Using the Tragic Deaths of Oscar and Valeria Martinez to Promote Hatred

July 1 2019


Should Men Forsake Navy Blue Uniforms to Dress More Like Regency Dandies?

June 28 2019


College Freedom of Association Act Shouldn't Be Necessary--But It Is

June 27 2019


Wayfair Employees Threaten Walkout If Retailer Sells Mattresses and Beds for Migrants at Southern Border

June 26 2019


Columnist: President's Iran About Face on Retaliation was "His Finest Hour"

June 26 2019


Why “Free Stuff” Could Cost Average Americans Dearly

June 25 2019


Having Achieved World Peace, UN Turns Its Attention to Alexa and Siri—Symbols of the Patriarchy

May 31 2019


This Is How Women Voted in the Midterms—and What It Means for Election 2020

November 13 2018


MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace slammed for asking if Melania, Ivanka are 'dead inside' or 'paid off'

June 9 2018


#ChampionWomen Calls Out the Media's Double Standard for Women • Vicki McKenna Show

June 6 2018


IWF Statement on Former First Lady Barbara Bush

April 17 2018


A weekend about women

August 28 2017


Critics Of Campus Sexual Assault Handlings Prepare For DeVos Meeting

July 12 2017


Fauxcahontas Is No Civil Rights Leader • Garrison

February 9 2017


Jacques: Don’t Blame Sexism For Clinton Loss

November 11 2016


Obamacare's Ultimate Goal: Single Payer • Garrison

October 27 2016


Phyllis Schlafly's Legacy: 'She Encouraged Us To Speak Out And Speak Boldly'

September 7 2016


IWF Pokes Holes In 'Gender Gap'

August 26 2016


Study: It’s ‘Unhealthy’ For Young Men To Be Breadwinners

August 22 2016


More E-Mail Trouble For Hillary Clinton • Garrison

August 12 2016


Men Say They Work More Than Women. Here's The Truth.

June 29 2016


Is Hillary's Nomination A Shining Moment In American History? • Garrison

June 9 2016


Conservative Women: 'Trump Is Todd Akin On Steroids'

March 18 2016


HRC: I'm Going to Put a Lot of Coal Mining Companies out of Business • Conservative Commandos

March 16 2016


Obama's Last-Year "Plans" Under Fire

January 14 2016


Democrats Sexual Abuse Double Standard & Feminist's Unserious Take On Cologne Attacks • Stacy Petty Show

January 12 2016


Will President's Gun Control Executive Order Stop Gun Violence? Probably Not. • Garrison

January 7 2016


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


Seattle's war on business won't help combat homelessness

May 16 2018


'Freedom of speech' is too sophisticated a concept for today's illiberal students

March 9 2018


Many of Trump's worst enemies have a lot in common with Obama-era 'birthers'

December 13 2017


Donna Brazile's book accidentally reveals what the Democratic Party really thinks about women

November 7 2017


Harvey Weinstein and the Hollywood/media industrial complex's war on women

October 13 2017


Why the ‘Will & Grace’ Reboot Traffics in Recycled Trump Jokes

October 3 2017


Fight Against School Vouchers Pits a Powerful Educational Establishment Against Low-Income Parents

August 8 2017


Drain the White House Correspondents Dinner!

February 17 2017


Fake News: The Atlantic Smears My Hometown...but Posh Magazines Never Get Called Out for Their Fake News

January 13 2017


Modern Tupperware Parties

December 22 2016


Do the Russkies Deserve the Pulitzky Prize?

December 16 2016


A Civilized Nation Does Not Force Its Women To Fight Its Wars

December 7 2016


Who’s Really Left Behind?: Reconnecting with Middle America Requires More than Messaging

December 2 2016


A Few Words on Infantilizing Feminism and the Campaign Just Ended: The Maturity Gap

November 11 2016


Obama's Fundamental Transformation Is Built on Quicksand; It is about to Become Set in Cement

October 28 2016


Wikileaks: Clinton Campaign Probably Knows the Truth about Job Loss and the $15 Minimum Wage Hike

October 14 2016


Stop and Frisk: The Inner City's Best Friend

September 30 2016


A New Theory of the (Male) Leisure Class

September 16 2016


Don’t Call Me Ms.: The Life and Times of Phyllis Schlafly

September 7 2016


Hooray For The Humanities!

September 1 2016


Long Overdue Wisdom from Donald Trump on Race, Law, and Order

August 19 2016


Second District Court Of Appeals: Two (Genders) Can Tango With Title IX

August 5 2016


Neat Trick: Clinton Plans to Do the Same Old Thing but Get Different Results

July 31 2016


Facing Up To Our Predicament: Stop Calling These Murders "Senseless"

July 22 2016


Mass. Pay Equity Legislation And The ‘War On Work’

July 15 2016


More and More Students Think They’re Oppressed

July 13 2016


Hillary's Scam Vs. Donald's Scam

July 8 2016


Why Is Fingerprinting Such a Sticky Point for Uber?

June 24 2016


D.C. Minimum Wage Hike: Liberals Feel Dandy, Low-Income Kids Get Hurt

June 10 2016


‘Safe Spaces’?: Not For Guys In Our Feminized College Environments

May 17 2016


Hillary Evolves: More Government Needed to Raise Tots

May 13 2016


Is Camilla the Wicked Stepmother in the Royal Family Drama?

May 6 2016


Hillary, Hill, And Jill

April 29 2016


Equal Pay Day: Hillary's Favorite Holiday

April 15 2016


Donald Trump Breathes New Life into Left’s War on Women

March 18 2016


Nancy Reagan: An Alternative Obituary

March 8 2016


Do Or Die Time

February 19 2016


Women In Combat Isn't Just A Women's Issue

February 18 2016


Steinem, Albright Try Bullying Female Voters into Supporting Hillary

February 11 2016


Muslim Women: Obama's Slap in the Face

February 5 2016


Now, What About The 13 Hours Of Hillary Clinton And Barack Obama?

January 22 2016


Will Bill Clinton's Sexual Past Disturb Hillary's "Women As Victim" Ploy?

January 8 2016


President Obama: Perks Are Great but Get Me Outta Here!

December 18 2015


From Cosmo Girl To Catholic Woman: The Story Of One Woman’s Liberation

December 12 2015


Celebrities, Please Stop Talking About Menopause

December 8 2015


Pathetic Protests

December 4 2015


Religion Of Peace?

November 28 2015


#IsWestDead?

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


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