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Sabrina Schaeffer

Executive Director

Sabrina L. Schaeffer is the executive director of the Independent Women's Forum. Since her mother sent her Wendy Shalit’s A Return to Modesty while in college, she’s been borderline obsessed with persuading other women that a culture of liberty and responsibility is good for everyone, women in particular.

Sabrina has extensive experience in communications, from behind the scenes to in front of the camera. She has conducted sophisticated academic and applied research on persuasion, speech writing in the U.S. Senate, communications at a major non-profit, public relations at a D.C. consulting firm, and media relations in a primary campaign.

But by far her most formative work experience was her first, as a young assistant to Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick while at the American Enterprise Institute. Ambassador Kirkpatrick taught her more than a thing or two about being a real feminist.

Sabrina received an M.A. in Politics as well as an M.A. in American History from the University of Virginia, where she focused on the early Republic (history) and media effects and political behavior (politics), conducting a message experiment exploring how different arguments for social security reform impacted public opinion.

Sabrina has commented on politics and political culture in publications such as Forbes, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Times, Foxnews.com, National Review Online, Policy Review, and American Enterprise Online.

Sabrina is a regular on TV news programs - you can catch Sabrina every Saturday at 11am on Forbes on Fox, and every week on Fox Business’ After the Bell.

 

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Recent Articles:

What Boston Gets Right About Pay Equity

February 2 2016


Persuasion Requires Being Personal Not Passionate

December 17 2015


Meredith Vieira, I want to Calm Your Fears about the Wage Gap

April 30 2015


House of Cards Gets Entitlement Policy Right but Messaging All Wrong

March 4 2015


Why Being FLOTUS Isn't So Bad

December 11 2014


Learning How to Work is Hard To Do

December 10 2014


The Good Wife is All Bad When it Comes to Sexual Assault on College Campuses

November 12 2014


Has Feminism Jumped the Shark?

October 22 2014


On Anniversary of 19th Amendment White House Message to Women is Still one of Victimhood

August 27 2014


Paternity Leave Not a Silver Bullet For Fathers

August 20 2014


Mother of the Gender Gap Dotty Lynch Passes Away

August 18 2014


GOP Puts Forth a New Women's Package

August 4 2014


What We Learned About Modern Feminism From Santa Barbara

June 2 2014


The Fictitious Holiday Based on a Faux Statistic

April 7 2014


CPAC: Why Conservatism is Right for Women

March 10 2014


Can There Be Any Love Between Hollywood and Conservatives?

March 1 2014


Valentine's Day Gifts Speak To The Infantilization Of Women

February 14 2014


Are Children the Source of Your Misery?

January 15 2014


More on CHS, Gender Differences, and Libertarian “Feminists”

January 13 2014


The Real Story Behind Hollywood's Villain

January 7 2014


Budget Solution that's a Policy and Political Win

December 11 2013


The Pink and Pretty Culture Is Under Attack Again

November 4 2013


The Only Energy Boom is Coming from Oil and Natural Gas

November 4 2013


Poor Miley Cyrus is Confused about Feminism

August 26 2013


Cuccinelli: My Opponent Needs to Talk about Spitzer, Weiner, and Filner...

August 21 2013


Beauty Pays...Or Does it Hurt?

May 29 2013


Election Aversion is a Girl Thing

March 4 2013


Don’t Pile on Mayer: Telecommuting isn’t a One-Size-Fits-All Policy

February 26 2013


Dowd Jumps on Anti-Sandberg Bandwagon

February 25 2013


There Are Two Sides to Every Story

February 22 2013


Businesses Are Already Changing the Workplace for Women

February 21 2013


The Battle of the Wage Gap

February 19 2013


Why we Care about that Pesky Little "Wage Gap" statistic…

February 13 2013


Excuse Me, Darden...Let Me Clarify

February 7 2013


Hey "Lefty Feminists" You Didn't Hear a Word!

January 23 2013


Big Labor Making Big Headlines

January 18 2013


Mr. Higgins' America

January 7 2013


The Grinch who Stole the Easy-Bake Oven

December 5 2012


McMorris Rodgers Represents a New Kind of GOP Leader

November 1 2012


Clinton and I See Eye to Eye on Work-Life Balance

October 19 2012


More Out of Touch Hollywood Starlets

October 15 2012


Democrats Turn Their Back on Israel...Again

September 6 2012


C-SPAN Viewers Not all Created Equal!

August 20 2012


Women's Figures Reveals the Real Economic Progress of Women in America

July 24 2012


Andrea Mitchell Misses the Mark

June 20 2012


Down Economy Leads to Drop in Family Wealth

June 12 2012


Obama's Pivot from Hope to Fear

May 29 2012


Pot Calling the Kettle Sexist?

May 24 2012


Old (Energy) Habits Die Hard

May 24 2012


ThinkProgress's Distorted View of Equality

May 22 2012


Apple Moving Money Overseas, Do We Need Tax Reform? • Forbes On Fox

April 30 2016


Would A Trump Or Clinton WH Shrink Government More? • Forbes On Fox

April 30 2016


Criminal Justice Reform: Federal or State Issue? • Forbes On Fox

April 30 2016


Should There Be A Political Honor Code For How To Act At Rallys? • Your World

April 29 2016


Are The Stars Finally Aligning For Trump? • Risk & Reward

April 28 2016


Hillary's Gender Rhetoric Will Get Women Nowhere • CNN Newsroom

April 27 2016


IWF's Working For Women Report Seeks To Give Women More Opportunity • Washington Journal

April 23 2016


History Lesson for Donald Trump: We Live In A Republic, Not A Democracy • After The Bell

April 21 2016


It's A Retirement Account, But For Maternity Leave

April 21 2016


It's A Retirement Account, But For Pregnancy

April 20 2016


Trump Needs To Shift From Victim Status To What He Will Offer • Coast To Coast

April 18 2016


DON’T LISTEN TO THE POLITICIANS – HERE’S 4 WAYS WOMEN CAN ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS

April 15 2016


Equal Pay Day: Real World Economics or Political World Expediency? • Special Report

April 13 2016


NBC Only Network to Spread Debunked ‘Facts’ On ‘Equal Pay Day’

April 13 2016


Hillary Clinton Concerns In New York? • Kennedy

April 11 2016


Does The Donald Actually Love The Negative Media Attention? • Kennedy

April 11 2016


Pot In The Classroom: With Freedom Comes Responsibility • Kennedy

April 11 2016


Tax Season: IRS Fraud Runs Rampant • Forbes On Fox

April 9 2016


Is the US Bolstering Iran's Nuclear Program? • Forbes On Fox

April 9 2016


Work Requirements For Food Stamps • Forbes On Fox

April 2 2016


Would DC Metro Have Fewer Shutdowns If Privately Run? • Forbes On Fox

April 2 2016


Trump's Abortion Comments Distract From Important Economic Issues • CNN Newsroom

March 31 2016


Trump Abortion Comments Spark Outrage • The Lead

March 30 2016


Barbra Streisand: Hillary Clinton Faces A Double Standard • Coast To Coast

March 29 2016


Should We Lower the Corporate Tax Rate to Retain Businesses? • Forbes on Fox

March 19 2016


Right to Protest vs. Right to Free Speech • Forbes on Fox

March 19 2016


Trump Prepares For Contested Convention • CNN Newsroom

March 18 2016


Gender vs. Principles In The White House, Women In Military Debate + More • Bill Cunningham

March 15 2016


Trump: Breitbart Reporter "Made Up" Claims • CNN Newsroom

March 11 2016


Rubio Goes After Trump On Trump's Level • After The Bell

February 29 2016


Rubio Rips Trump On Lawsuits, Immigrant Labor, Fake University • CNN Newsroom

February 26 2016


What Are Core Issues For Single Women In This Election? • Happening Now

February 24 2016


Republicans Should Stop Talking About Women In Kitchens

February 23 2016


GOP To Unite Against President Obama Court Pick Hearing • Coast To Coast

February 23 2016


Will George W Bush Help Jeb In SC? • CNN Newsroom

February 10 2016


RPT: 25k Families In Public Housing Above Income Cutoff • Forbes On Fox

February 6 2016


Syrian Refugees Entering Canada To Sneak Across US Border • Forbes On Fox

February 6 2016


Trump, Carson: Cruz Used Unfair Campaign Tactics • Forbes On Fox

February 6 2016


New IA Voicemails: Critics Question Cruz Camp's Tactics, Honesty • CNN Newsroom

February 5 2016


American University’s Conservative Feminists Receive Backlash

February 4 2016


Establishment Brawl, Trump's NH Ground Game, HRC's Hit On Speaker's Fees • After The Bell

February 4 2016


“Oxymoronic”: Liberal AU Students Can't Tolerate "Conservative Feminism" Event

February 4 2016


What Happens If Hillary Loses IA & NH? • Coast To Coast

January 28 2016


Hillary, The Candidate Of Women — And Hypocrisy

January 25 2016


“Toddler Wage Gap”: Sandberg Says Inequality Starts With Kids’ Chores

January 25 2016


Sanders' Surge In Polls Sparks Debate Over Spending Plans • Forbes On Fox

January 23 2016


Students Ask Gov To Forgive $164M In Loan Debt • Forbes On Fox

January 23 2016


President Obama Is Not Following Own Advice On Executive Branch • Forbes On Fox

January 23 2016


Trump endorsed by Palin & Supreme Court Hearing On Executive Actions • After The Bell

January 19 2016


Democrat & Republican Clash: We Should Be Concerned When Debate Stops • Forbes On Fox

January 16 2016


The Women On The Train: Women, Stress, And The Workplace

April 13 2016


Rethinking The Role Of The First Spouse

March 22 2016


Dear Always: Emoji Are Not A Major Problem For Women

March 16 2016


Americans’ Anger Is Real, But So Are the Solutions

March 15 2016


All Is Not Fair Game In Politics

March 11 2016


Obama's Pay Equity Fallacies And Fiats

February 17 2016


What Women Really Want to Talk About

February 4 2016


Success Is Never Enough For Some 'Feminists,' Including Sheryl Sandberg

January 25 2016


Politics Isn't Polite, And That's OK

January 20 2016


Do Political Debates Change Elections? Yes.

November 17 2015


How Candidates Win The Public Court Of Opinion: Making Politics Personal

October 26 2015


A Teaching Moment: How Paul Ryan Will Get What He Wants In The Workplace

October 21 2015


Principle is more important than gender when it comes to public office

October 16 2015


Target missing the mark with gender sign changes

August 20 2015


The Gender Bias That Just Isn't There: Voters Are Ready For A Woman President Who Fits Their Ideology

April 21 2015


Pure Politics: Myth of Equal Pay Day

April 14 2015


Obama's Renewed Push For Paid Leave Is A Raw Deal For Women

January 20 2015


My Family's Health Plan Was Cancelled And ObamaCare's One-Size-Fits-All Doesn't Fit Us

December 2 2014


How Obsessing About Bad Men Reinforces Their Behavior

November 17 2014


Chivalry Is Dead, Long Live Feminism

October 30 2014


How Republicans Are Peeling Women Away from Democrats

October 21 2014


What Microsoft’s CEO Gets Right about Workplace Culture

October 10 2014


Democrats' big government solutions don't provide answer to women's problems

September 9 2014


President Obama Uses Back Door To Force Equal Pay

August 8 2014


‘Run Liz Run’: Stuck in the Age of Folk

July 23 2014


Women & Funding: The Gross Misconception Over "Gender Differences"

July 23 2014


Minimum Wage Hike Feels Good Now, But Will Lead to Long-Term Pain

June 3 2014


What We Learned About Modern Feminism from Santa Barbara

June 3 2014


What Monica Lewinsky Understands About Feminism That Others Don't

May 29 2014


Engage, Disrupt, Win: How Republicans Can 'Finally' Win Women Voters

April 29 2014


The Fictitious Holiday Based on a Faux Statistic

April 7 2014


Valentine's Day Gifts Speak To The Infantilization Of Women

February 14 2014


Determination, Not Title IX, Brought Women to the Olympics

February 13 2014


When It Comes To Addressing Women In The SOTU, Obama Will Double-Down On Government-Knows-Best

January 28 2014


The Shriver Report: Too Often Over-Bearing Government Is Women's Worst Enemy

January 14 2014


Hillary Clinton Rumor Mill

January 6 2014


Four Significant Moments for Women in 2013

December 31 2013


How to Combat the "War on Women" Narrative

December 6 2013


Business Must Stop Coddling Women In The Workplace

December 4 2013


We Need a New Attitude Toward Health Insurance

November 5 2013


Libertarian Billionaires Paying For Daycare Won't Bridge The Science Gender Gap

October 10 2013


GOP decision to drop networks only tunes out voters

August 16 2013


The Gender Delusion

August 15 2013


Backlash: Will more high-profile women in public office discourage others from following?

August 9 2013


Commercialization of 'Lean In' has turned message on its head

July 29 2013


Conservatives Have A 'Women' Problem, That Can Only Be Fixed With Gender Politics

July 10 2013


Out-Spent, Out-Numbered, Out-Researched: The Power Of Progressive Women's Groups

April 25 2013


Straight talk about the wage gap

April 9 2013


Why Does Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Anger Lefty Feminists So Much?

March 7 2013


The Unsung Problems Within The Family And Medical Leave Act

February 20 2013


Independent Women’s Forum’s mission is to improve the lives of Americans by increasing the number of women who value free markets and personal liberty. Sister organization of Independent Women’s Voice.
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