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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:

Why Is Your Doctor Smiling?

December 5 2016


How Big a Problem Is Illegal Voting?

December 1 2016


Let's Think about a New Health-Care System

December 1 2016


Jack Shaffer: Abolish the Job of First Lady

December 1 2016


GOP Wish Come True: Dems Keep Pelosi as Leader

November 30 2016


OSU Attack: Maybe Artan Should Have Been--You Know--Vetted before Being Given Permanent Resident Status

November 30 2016


Promising: Teacher Unions Having Apoplexy over Ed Secretary Nominee

November 30 2016


Elaine Chao Tapped for Transportation Secretary

November 29 2016


ObamaCare Critic Tom Price Tapped for HHS

November 29 2016


Moroccan TV: A Dab of Make-Up Can Cover Unsightly Evidence of Domestic Abuse

November 28 2016


A Great Tradition Continues: The Federal Wastebook Is Out!

November 28 2016


White House Briefing Room: Last Redoubt of Media Power

November 28 2016


Did a Parody Gremlin Write John Kerry's Valedictory Message on Fidel?

November 28 2016


Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23 2016


Chic Italian Female Filmmaker Urges American Women to Bring Down Donald Trump

November 23 2016


What's Up with the Democratic Party's Obsession with Race?

November 23 2016


Elite Head Scratcher of the Week: Were Presidential Election Results "a Vote Against 'Hamilton'"?

November 22 2016


Do You Know about RINS? They May Be the Next Mortgage-Backed Securities

November 22 2016


OH, NO! A Millennial Is Coming to Thanksgiving Dinner . . .

November 22 2016


In: Refusing to Serve People with Whom You Disagree

November 21 2016


Will the Trump Administration Drain the DOE Swamp?

November 21 2016


An Entrepreneurial Approach to Bringing Down College Tuition

November 21 2016


The New Yorker Takes Us inside a "Stunned" White House

November 18 2016


Harvard Student: You Have a Right to Be Upset, Snowflakes--But You Are Becoming an Embarrassment

November 18 2016


Will Democrats Now Try to Peddle Dependency to the Working Class?

November 18 2016


Public Union Activities Are Often Financed by Unsuspecting Taxpayers

November 17 2016


Dear Debbie Dingell: Reviving the Democratic Party Is Going to Require More than Condescending Visits to the (Tacky) Shopping Center

November 17 2016


Live by Pen and Phone, Die by Pen and Phone

November 17 2016


Whither the Greenies in Trumpworld?

November 16 2016


The Dinner at 21

November 16 2016


Newspaper: Harlem Willing to Give Trump a Chance

November 16 2016


U-Va Students: Never Quote that Man--Thomas Jefferson--Again!

November 15 2016


Good-bye Grievance Culture; Welcome (Back) Opportunity Culture

November 15 2016


OH NO! The Election Results Are Upsetting the Children!

November 15 2016


Can We Make Schools Great Again?

November 14 2016


Why Gender Politics Failed Clinton

November 14 2016


Moving into Post-ObamaCare Reform

November 14 2016


Note to Politicians: Condescend at Your Own Risk

November 11 2016


How Did Women Vote?

November 11 2016


Religious Liberty: Once Under Attack, It Can Be Made Safe Again

November 11 2016


Grubbhub CEO: Anyone Who Voted for Trump Should Resign

November 10 2016


Work, Dignity, and the Election Results

November 10 2016


The World Turned Upside Down

November 9 2016


The Rolling Stone Judgment: $3 Million

November 8 2016


Students Really Can Work Their Way Through College at These Two Places

November 8 2016


Clinton, Trump, and the Power of Deference

November 8 2016


The Splendor of Washington

November 7 2016


Government-Funded Pre-K: Some Myths and Misrepresentations

November 7 2016


Rolling Stone Responds to Verdict

November 7 2016


Federal Jury: Rolling Stone and Sabrina Rubin Erdely Liable in Bogus U-Va Gang Rape Story

November 4 2016


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


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


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


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


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