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

Why Emotionally Abusive Women Are Given a Pass in Pop Culture

Cultural commentary is usually interesting because it’s easy to relate to. Even if you don’t agree with the author’s conclusion or any soft political message, you recognize the scenes and situations that the writer describes. Yet as I read Karen Rinaldi’s article in Motto (an online project of Time), I thought she must live on … Continued


Do I Want to Be Able to Call My Son a Feminist?

Melinda Gates is proud of her son, Rory, who just turned eighteen, for many good reasons. Yet in this article on Motto (a new Time magazine outlet), she focused on the one that she says makes her proudest: Rory is a feminist. The term “feminist” can be confusing, meaning different things to different people. Today … Continued


Why Country Music Values are Better than Pop Music Nihilism

Even for those who don’t care much about music—like me—the songs we hear are an important element of the culture that surrounds us. In recent years, most of what I have heard has been dictated by my oldest, tween-age daughter. She’s programmed all the top 40 pop music stations into our van’s radio, so I’ve … Continued


Here’s to All the Men Who Help Women Reach the Finish Line

For all the downsides of social media, an upside is its ability to draw attention to otherwise overlooked stories of personal triumph and human kindness. You may very well have already seen this video of three runners participating in the “Love Run” half marathon in Philadelphia who stopped to help an exhausted woman cross the … Continued


Should Classrooms Eliminate Toys?

If you were told you were going to a second grade class party, you’d probably expect to hear the kids before you ever entered the room. There would be laughter, kids talking loudly, and a lot of horsing around. If there weren’t organized party activities, you’d expect kids to be playing. Depending on what’s around, … Continued


Looking for Misogyny in the All the Wrong Places

The Guardian’s Jessica Valenti—author of several books including Sex Object and Full Frontal Feminism—recently tweeted her latest complaint: My favorite, though, is when men will only direct questions & conversation at my husband (this happens w/’progressive’ guys too) — Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) March 17, 2017 It’s nice that she notes that it’s not only knuckle-dragging … Continued


Women Don’t Need to Be “Brawny” to Earn Praise

Parents raising daughters in the age of “grrl power” face a lot of questions. Having never experienced any inkling of discrimination themselves—in fact, hearing only explicit cheerleading about all that girls can accomplished, often laced with the implication that they are more capable than their brothers and male peers—young women are surprised to learn that … Continued


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