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Carrie Lukas is the managing director of the Independent Women’s Forum. She and her husband live with their five children in Berlin.


Don’t Define Your Neighbors by the Fringe

People hoped that after the election, political tensions would recede. You’d be able to return to your social media feed to see baby pictures, funny jokes, and what your friends are having for dinner, without having to brace for political warfare. While that’s happened a little bit and politics isn’t as front-and-center as it was … Continued

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Audi’s Super Bowl Commercial Sends a Misleading Message to Girls—& America

Luxury car maker Audi wants consumers to associate its brand with high-minded concepts like equality, fairness, aspiration, and progress. The company’s marketing department must have determined that people able to afford their cars (which start at $34,900) want their purchase to signal not just wealth, but also that they believe in these virtues. That’s why … Continued

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Progressive Sexism

Those who had warned about an uptick in sexism under President Trump may have been on to something. As the era of Trump dawns, some women already are being singled out for criticism and scorn that is tinged with sexist assumptions and seems intended to force them back into roles that society decrees are a … Continued

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The Women’s March and the March of Time

For many, the unthinkable has happened: Donald Trump is officially the President of the United States. If you took seriously the doomsday predictions from many celebrities and leftist activists, you might have expected your world to be profoundly different today with President Trump at the helm instead of President Obama. This sense of fear and … Continued

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Why The Women’s March on Washington Isn’t Inclusive

The day after Donald Trump is inaugurated President, tens of thousands of women—maybe more—are expected to arrive in Washington for an event called “The Women’s March on Washington.” Their mission statement is one that Americans of all political stripes could rally around: “We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection … Continued

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Women Are Making Progress… Let’s Not Allow Government to Get in Their Way

Women frustrated by workplace challenges are sometimes invited to imagine how much better it would be if women held the reins of corporate power. Female bosses would treat employees better, providing higher wages and superior benefit packages with greater flexibility. These generous policies would improve the bottom-line, as satisfied employees perform better, bolstering profitability. Of … Continued

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Beware Outsource Parenting: You May End Up Missing the Good Stuff

Couples imagining the joys of parenting tend to think of those quintessential Hallmark moments—babies cracking their first gummy smiles, hand-made crafts scrawled with “I luv Mommy,” excited kids arranging cookies for Santa Claus. Few look forward to well-known parenting horrors like the 2 am shift with a colicky infant, potty training an obstinate three-year-old, or … Continued

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Parents, Make Less Screen Time New Year’s Resolution #1

With parents busy juggling the run-up to the holidays, it’s nice that the media is taking a break from their usual alarmism and guilt-mongering. A recent report from Common Sense Media about technology use among parents elicited gentle rebukes, such as this from PBS‘s Laura Santhanam: “If you want to scold your teen or tween … Continued

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Why the Left Doesn’t Like Kellyanne Conway’s Message About Work-Life Balance

Kellyanne Conway recently became the first woman to successfully lead a winning presidential campaign. It’s not the first time she’s been a ground-breaker: Conway started her polling company in 1995 when she was just twenty-eight years old. In different circumstances, she’d be feminist favorite and heralded as a role model. Yet because she’s an unapologetic … Continued

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