Policy Focus: The Gainful Employment Rule

Carrie L. Lukas

September 25 2014

America needs a higher education system that provides a wide variety of learning opportunities for women and men of all ages and from all backgrounds, and that efficiently delivers real value to students, preparing them to participate in the modern economy.

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Policy Focus: Occupational Licensing

Abby Schachter

September 8 2014

Occupational licenses used to be required in only a few industries, but the number of jobs requiring government permission to operate has ballooned in recent years, from 10 percent of the workforce needing a license in 1970 to nearly 30 percent in 2008.

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Straight Talk Booklet

Charlotte Hays

September 1 2014

An honest conversation about the campus "rape culture" and sexual violence. A discussion hosted by the Independent Women's Forum SUMMER 2014

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Policy Focus: How Educational Freedom Benefits Women

Vicki E. Alger

July 29 2014

Today, a growing education marketplace and new educational paradigms are benefiting women and society in general. More women than ever are pursuing advanced education, making use of flexible schedules, at-home education options, and other continuing education opportunities.

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Policy Focus: Missing Workers and Missing Growth

Rachel DiCarlo Currie

July 7 2014

One of the most striking aspects of the Great Recession and its aftermath has been the sharp decline in america’s labor-force-participation rate. How should we address this?

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Policy Focus: Political Agendas Versus Sound Nutrition

Julie Gunlock

June 15 2014

Every five years, Congress mandates that the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) must update the U.S. federal Dietary Guidelines. Through a series of public meetings, DGAC is supposed to review and discuss new scientific evidence to inform revisions to the existing guidelines. Unfortunately, DGAC has gotten off track.

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Policy Focus: Four Myths About American Taxes

Rachel DiCarlo Currie

May 22 2014

"When it comes to tax reform, U.S. lawmakers never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity." Every time it appears that momentum is building for a sweeping overhaul of the kind we had in 1986, something derails the process.

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Policy Focus: Why Earned Income Tax Credit Beats Minimum Wage

Rachel DiCarlo Currie

April 17 2014

Lawmakers are considering ways to boost incomes of less-skilled workers. EITC has proven to alleviate porverty and encournage work, while minimum-wage hikes can destroy jobs and shrink economic opportunity. 

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Policy Focus: MyRA

Abby Schachter

March 17 2014

With half of American households lacking any retirement savings, President Obama has decided to attack the problem by announcing a new government program called my Retirement (MyRA) accounts. 

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Policy Focus: Are We Winning or Losing the War on Poverty?

Rachel DiCarlo Currie

February 22 2014

How can we make our government anti-poverty system more effective at boosting upward mobility and promoting the cultural values that underpin prosperity?

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Policy Focus: The FAMILY Act

Carrie L. Lukas

January 12 2014

Most workers already have access to paid leave. Policymakers should consider more targeted intervention to help those Americans who lack paid leave options and face potential hardship. Importantly, the best protection for American workers is a robust job market that allows them to obtain compensation packages tailored to their unique needs.

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Policy Focus: ObamaCare Cancellations

Hadley Heath

December 11 2013

The health plan cancellations should not have been a surprise to anyone.  They are not a mistake in ObamaCare’s implementation, but a purposeful result of the law, which outlawed millions of existing plans.  

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Policy Focus: A Candid Look at Common Core

Vicki E. Alger

November 18 2013

There are better ways than embracing a national curriculum developed by Washington to ensure that children master necessary knowledge and skills.

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Policy Focus: The Real Debt Crisis

Carrie L. Lukas

October 18 2013

Americans frequently hear that our economy is imperiled when the U.S. government debt approaches its legal borrowing limit.  Yet it’s the debt itself—not the debt limit—which is the real, long-term threat to the economy.

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Policy Focus: Saying No to Government Preschool and Child Care

Vicki E. Alger

September 12 2013

American children deserve a first-rate education. Sadly, the federal government rarely advances that goal.

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Policy Focus: Minimum Wage

Carrie L. Lukas

August 14 2013

Raising the minimum wage is promoted as a way to alleviate poverty. However, while a minimum wage hike sounds compassionate, it can backfire on those whom we all want to help.

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Time to Retire, Not Reauthorize, No Child Left Behind

Vicki E. Alger

July 18 2013

Our July 2013 policy focus examines the failure of "No Child Left Behind" and suggests better ways to ensure a quality education for every American child.

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Poll: Women to Alarmists • Knock It Off!!

July 1 2013

Independent Women’s Forum released the results of a new national online survey of women regarding “alarmism” conducted by the polling company, inc./WomanTrend among N=801 women with a +/– 3.5% margin of error.  The survey found that negative headlines and alarming warnings about food, household items, and health leaves women feeling confused, suspicious, and overwhelm, and does little to make them adjust their lifestyles. 

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Policy Focus: The HHS Contraceptives Mandate

Hadley Heath

June 4 2013

Check out the June 2013 policy focus to learn more about the mandate for employers to provide first-dollar insurance coverage of all FDA-approved contraceptives.

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FACT SHEET: HHS Contraceptives Mandate

May 29 2013

In 2012, HHS mandated that employer-sponsored insurance include comprehensive coverage for contraceptives. What will the consequences of such a mandate be?

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Coalition Letter: Culture of Alarmism Countering the "Mind the Store" Campaign

May 28 2013

Over 20 pro-freedom organizations signed this letter sent to the nation's top ten retailers that are being targeted by the "Mind the Store" campaign urging them to reject this alarmism and support consumer freedom. 

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Medicaid: Don't Expand a Broken System

Hadley Heath

May 7 2013

One of the primary ways the Affordable Care Act sought to expand insurance coverage was through the government program for low-income people, Medicaid.  But is it a good idea to expand this program?

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Chemicals and Cancer

Angela Logomasini

April 14 2013

Americans are understandably concerned about the causes of cancer, and about whether exposure to common chemicals increases their risks. Read our April policy focus to find out more about chemicals and cancer.

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FACT SHEET: Fracking and the Clean Energy Boom

April 9 2013

New advancements in fracking technology have sparked an affordable, clean energy boom that has led to newly created jobs, lower energy prices, and has significantly reduced America's carbon emissions. 

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The Violence Against Women Act

Christina Villegas

February 25 2013

The 113th Congress is currently considering the third reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Read our short policy paper that answers the critical questions on the legislation. 

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Significant Tax Changes in 2013

Emily Wismer

February 12 2013

President Obama has argued higher tax rates are the key to balancing the budget and that only the so-called “rich” will be affected by tax increases. Our policy focus arms you with the facts about significant tax changes in 2013. 

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FACT SHEET: Violence Against Women Act

February 10 2013

Get the facts on the Violence Against Women Act. Valuable legislation to keep women from harm? Or misguided law with serious flaws?

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Health Insurance Exchanges Explained

Hadley Heath

January 10 2013

The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) creates statewide “exchanges” or organizations that will oversee the sale and purchase of health insurance.  Read the January Policy Focus to find out how this will work.

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Alarmism about Genetically Modified Foods

Julie Gunlock

December 17 2012

Americans want a safe, secure and abundant food supply for themselves and for people around the world.  Genetically modified food plays an important part in achieving that goal.

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Fuel Efficiency Standards

Emily Wismer

November 19 2012

Americans value a clean and healthy environment.  We also value safe, reliable, affordable transportation.  

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Dependency on Government

Carrie L. Lukas

October 16 2012

Americans want a safety net for those in need.  Yet increasingly, government aid programs are becoming a regular source of income for average American families.

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FACT SHEET: Women and the Economy

Emily Wismer

October 5 2012

The unemployment rate changes slightly every month.  What does that number mean?  What about women's unemployment?  How can we create a better economic situation for women?

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Medicare: A Choice of Two Futures

Hadley Heath

September 17 2012

Americans need to understand how both Paul Ryan and President Obama’s Medicare reforms work so that they can decide which option they prefer for Medicare in the future.

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FACT SHEET: The Wage Gap

August 28 2012

In the United States, the average working woman earns about three-quarters as much money as the average man.  Is this evidence of discrimination?  Or something else?

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Student Loans and College Affordability

Vicki E. Alger

August 7 2012

College student loan debt now surpasses $1 trillion. That’s more than Americans owe on their credit cards and car loans, and that amount is projected to grow $100 billion annually.  How do we solve this problem?

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A Better Direction for Health Reform

Hadley Heath

July 9 2012

Many Americans would like to see Congress repeal ObamaCare, go back to the drawing board and implement different health policies.  What would those different policies look like?

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Paycheck Fairness Act

Carrie L. Lukas

June 11 2012

The President and Democratic Senators are championing The Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would amend the Fair Labor Standard Act of 1938, supposedly to address and discourage workplace discrimination against women.

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FACT SHEET: Paycheck Fairness

May 21 2012

Check out the IWF Fact Sheet on the Paycheck Fairness Act.  Would this bill really make women's wages more fair?

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Providing Educational Choice through Military Education Savings Accounts

Vicki E. Alger

May 21 2012

Gratitude for our armed forces should not stop at the schoolhouse door.  Members of our military should be able to use their existing GI bill benefits for Military Education Savings Accounts for their children.

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FACT SHEET: Lilly Ledbetter

May 4 2012

The President says the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is helpful to women.  What does the law actually do?  Find out with this new fact sheet from IWF.

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Title IX's Mid-Life Crisis

May 2 2012

Forty years ago next month, Title IX was signed into law. The intention was to outlaw sex discrimination in academia, including in athletics, to ensure that women had equal opportunity to participate and excel.

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The “Equal Pay Day” Myth

April 3 2012

Check out the April Policy Focus and find out about the “Equal Pay Day” myth.

 

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Violence Against Women Act: Reauthorization Fundamentally Flawed

Christina Villegas and David B. Muhlhausen Ph.D.

March 29 2012

Despite the fact that each state has statutes that punish domestic violence, the federal government intervened in 1994 with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

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Tax Simplification

March 2 2012

Check out the March Policy Focus and find out how a simplification of our tax code would save Americans time and money.

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ObamaCare and the Constitution

February 7 2012

Check out the February Policy Focus and learn how the Affordable Care Act could affect individual rights and our system of governance if upheld. 

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Sour on Sugar-Cereal Restrictions

January 17 2012

Check out the January Policy Focus and learn how government is increasingly micromanaging food producers in the name of promoting better health.

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Teacher Selection and Evaluation in Nebraska

January 11 2012

IWF Senior Fellow Vicki Alger examines the importance of teacher quality in Nebraska, and compares the state to Florida, where certain reforms have improved student achievement.

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Welfare and Charity: Two Different Things

December 6 2011

This Christmas season, we can give a helping hand to the millions of Americans who rely on federal assistance by reforming and shrinking the welfare state. The best gift we can give Americans of all social classes is greater opportunity to succeed.

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The Case For For-Profit Education

November 7 2011

Check out the November Policy Focus and learn how innovative new education strategies can be applied to the U.S. school system.

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Health Care Regulations Don't Help - They Hurt!

October 11 2011

Check out the October Policy Focus and learn how over-regulation of health care raises and shifts costs, lowers quality, and lessens freedom.

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Policy Focus: Unions Fail Women

September 20 2011

Recipes for Rational Government from the Independent Women's Forum

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Policy Paper No. 34: Safety Opportunity Scholarships (SOS)

September 16 2011

How States Can Fulfill the Promise of Safe Schools for All Students

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Policy Focus: The Need for Social Security Reform

September 12 2011

Republicans and Democrats increasingly acknowledge that reforming Social Security needs to be a part of our long-term debt solution. As we start this discussion about the future of Social Security, seniors need to understand that Social Security reform is really about how the program will work for future generations. No one proposes cutting benefits for those depending on Social Security today.

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Position Paper No. 610: Title IX and Athletics: A Primer

Allison Kasic and Kimberly Schuld

September 29 2008

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Issue 2: Indecency

Solveig Singleton

January 18 2007

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Social InSecurity

Allison Kasic

October 19 2006

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Sex (Ms.) Education

Carrie L. Lukas

February 10 2005

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IWF Special Report: Women and Islam

Melana Zyla Vickers

December 10 2003

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Lying in a Room of One's Own

Christine Stolba

June 1 2002

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