Independent Women's Forum (IWF)
The Independent Women's Forum is a conservative 501(c)(3) think tank that describes itself as a “research and education institute.” Their original mission was to “expand the conservative coalition, both by increasing the number of women who understand and value the benefits of limited government, personal liberty, and free markets, and by countering those who seek to ever-expand government in the name of protecting women.” Their revised mission is to “improve the lives of Americans by increasing the number of women who value free markets and personal liberty.” , , 
The group is often at odds with prominent women's advocacy groups like the National Organization for Women. For example, when Congress considered legislation to address the gender wage gap between men and women, IWF opposed the legislation while denying that a gender-wage gap even exists. , , 
The Independent Women's Forum has been a vocal opponent to President Obama's Clean Power Plan, as well as the teaching of Global Warming in the public school system. IWF formed a supporting group called Balanced Education for Everyone with the goal of stopping the teaching of global warming in U.S. Schools, describing it as “junk science.” They were also behind an an initiative titled “Mothers for Educating with Sound Science” (MESS) which included radio appearances questioning mainstream science regarding climate change. , 
According to Ronnee Schreiber in his book Righting Feminism, IWF came out of Women for Judge Thomas, a coalition that formed to support George W. Bush's Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas who had been accused of sexual harassment. After Thomas's successful appointment, the group disbanded and reformed as WIN (Women's Information Network) which in turn founded the Independent Women's Forum in 1992. 
IWF lobbied against the 1994 “Violence Against Women Act,” claiming “wives instigate violence, including severe violence, against husbands more often than husbands do against wives.” 
The IWF has had ties to the Conservative movement, including Managing Director Carrie Lukas who used to work at the Cato Institute as a social security analyst and has been a senior fellow at the Goldwater Institute. , 
Director emerita include Kynne Cheney of the American Enterprise Institute and Nancy Pfotenhauer who was the president and CEO of Americans for Prosperity, once the chief in-house lobbyist for Koch Industries, and served as a senior policy adviser to Senator John McCain's presidential campaign. Another director emerita is Sally Pipes, President and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute.
In October, 2003, IWF announced its affiliation with Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) which later became the Americans for Prosperity Foundation. A 2003 press release explained the relationship: “while the two organizations will share leadership and senior staff and be co-located in IWF’s new suite of offices in Washington, D.C., each will be a separate organization with its own board of directors.” According to the IWF, as of July 2005, the “IWF and AFP have had no formal relationship.” The past president of the Independent Women’s Forum, Nancy Pfotenahuer, also acted as the president of Americans for Prosperity, but that arrangement ended in July 2005. 
IWF itself has received at least $844,115 in direct funding from Koch foundations. 
Stance on Climate Change
May 24, 2014
IWF senior fellow Vicki Alger claimed “a majority of scientists believe that global warming is largely nature-made.” 
“Here at IWF, we have been promoting a more robust discussion about the scientific evidence (and lack thereof) for awhile now. Last year we had the authors of this book Scared to Death, talk about how science is often misused in policy debates, with global warming being a leading example. […] Others should take a look at this book which provides an outline of what one expects from a 'scare' – more and more it looks like we are in the midst of one now and if Congress acts by passing this massive legislation, the public could pay dearly for the hysteria.” 
According to data archived at the Conservative Transparency Project, combined with original research of public 990 tax forms, the Independent Women's Forum (IWF) has received funding from the following sources: 
View the attached spreadsheet for details on the Independent Women Forum's funding by year (.xlsx) for more details.
|The Randolph Foundation||$4,122,350|
|Sarah Scaife Foundation||$2,050,000|
|Donors Capital Fund||$1,665,000|
|Brady Education Foundation||$1,254,000|
|The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation||$1,055,000|
|Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation||$835,000|
|John M. Olin Foundation||$776,000|
|Americans for Tax Reform||$410,000|
|Castle Rock Foundation||$400,000|
|The Carthage Foundation||$400,000|
|Jaquelin Hume Foundation||$375,000|
|William H. Donner Foundation||$313,157|
|Searle Freedom Trust||$300,000|
|Center to Protect Patient Rights||$250,000|
|National Christian Charitable Foundation||$222,000|
|Scaife Family Foundation||$200,000|
|Adolph Coors Foundation||$165,000|
|Independent Women's Voice||$161,568|
|Judicial Crisis Network||$150,000|
|Diana Davis Spencer Foundation||$143,000|
|Lovett & Ruth Peters Foundation||$125,000|
|The Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation||$116,000|
|John William Pope Foundation||$50,000|
|Buchnowski Family Foundation||$47,500|
|The Roe Foundation||$35,000|
|Joyce and Donald Rumsfeld Foundation||$31,500|
|Dodge Jones Foundation||$27,500|
|Walton Family Foundation||$25,000|
|Chase Foundation of Virginia||$23,000|
|Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation||$17,500|
|William E. Simon Foundation||$16,000|
|Bochnowski Family Foundation||$10,000|
|The Helen Diller Family Foundation||$10,000|
|Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation||$9,115|
|National Association of Manufacturers||$5,000|
|Smith Richardson Foundation||$5,000|
|US Chamber of Commerce Foundation||$2,500|
|Schwab Charitable Fund||$1,500|
|Year||Charles Koch Foundation||Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation||Grand Total|
Board of Directors
|Heather R. Higgins||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Chairman|
|Yvonne S. Boice||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Carol T. Crawford||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Joanne T. Medero||Y||Y|
|Mary Beth Jarvis||Y||Y|
|Jennifer Ashworth Dinh||Y||Y|
|Randy P. Kendrick||Y|
|Randy Parris Kendrick||Y||Y||Y|
|Nancy M. Pfotenhauer||Y||Y||Y|
|R. Gaull Silberman||Y||Y||Y|
|Kimberly O. Dennis||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Louise V. Oliver||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Lynne V. Cheney||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Wendy Lee Gramm||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Nancy M. Pfotenhauer||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|R. Gaull Silberman||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Deceased|
|Randy P. Kendrick||Y||Y||Y|
|Laura Cox Kaplan||Y||Y|
|Sabrina Schaeffer||Y||Leadership Circle Chair|
|Christina Villegas||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Visiting Fellow|
|Lisa Schiffren||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Vicki E. Alger||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Angela Logomasini||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Rachel DiCarlo Currie||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Naomi Schaefer Riley||Y||Y||Y||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Erin Hawley||Y||Y||Y||Legal Fellow|
|Nicole Neily||Y||Y||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Claudia Rosett||Y||Y||Foreign Policy Fellow|
|Jennifer C. Braceras||Y||Y||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Amy Oliver Cooke||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Elisha Maldonado||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Jamie Wells||Y||Visiting Fellow|
|Karin Agness Lips||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Kristin Shapiro||Y||Visiting Fellow|
|Donna Wiesner Keene||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Karin Agness||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Anna Rittgers||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Gayle Trotter||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Lane Scott||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Visiting Fellow|
|Abby W. Schachter||Y||Y||Y||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Jennifer Marsico||Y||Y||Y||Y||Visiting Fellow|
|Jillian Melchior||Y||Y||Y||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Charlotte Allen||Y||Y||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Patrice Lee Onwuka||Y||Senior Policy Analyst|
|Patrice J. Lee||Y||Y||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Amber Smith||Y||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Krista Kafer||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Emily Esfahani Smith||Y||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Amber Barno||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Diana Lopez||Y||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Diana McKibben||Y||Y||Visiting Fellow|
|Jenny Korn||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Kristen Soltis||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Kristen Solti||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Charlotte Hays||Y||Y||Y||Director of Cultural Programs, Senior Editor|
|Sabrina Schaeffer||Y||Y||Y||Leadership Circle Chair|
|Allison Kasic||Y||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Julie Gunlock||Y||Y||Director, Center for Progress and Innovation|
|Vicki E. Murray||Y||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Maria Andersen||Y||Junior Fellow|
|Nicole Kurokawa||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Ana Carcani Rold||Y||Y||Visiting Fellow|
|Jo Kwong||Y||Y||Visiting Fellow|
|Leslie Sanchez||Y||Y||Visiting Fellow|
|Nina Owcharenko||Y||Y||Visiting Fellow|
|Sandy Liddy Bourne||Y||Y||Visiting Fellow|
|Solveig Singleton||Y||Y||Visiting Fellow|
|Anthony J. Colón||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Derrell Bradford||Y||Senior Fellow|
|Hadley Heath||Y||Director of Health Policy|
|Helen Whalen-Cohen||Y||Junior Fellow|
|Megan Carl||Y||Junior Fellow|
|Romina Boccia||Y||Policy Analyst|
|Suzanne Bottorff||Y||Junior Fellow|
|Tara Shaughnessy||Y||Junior Fellow|
|April Lassiter||Y||Visiting Fellow|
|Charlotte Hays||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Director of Cultural Programs, Senior Editor|
|Julie Gunlock||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Director, Center for Progress and Innovation|
|Victoria Coley||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||VP, Communications|
|Amber Schwartz||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Executive Vice President|
|Michele Vogt||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Creative Design & Digital Specialist|
|Ashley B. Carter||Y||Y||Y||Y||Director of Coalitions|
|Jennifer Marquez||Y||Y||Y||Director of Foundation Relations|
|Hadley Heath Manning||Y||Y||Director of Policy|
|Sekayi Stephens||Y||Y||Graphic Design Lead|
|Andi Bottner||Y||Senior Advisor|
|Betsy Pearson||Y||Communications & Staff Assistant|
|Caroline Phelps||Y||Senior Manager, Strategic Communications|
|Casidy McMeans||Y||Development Associate|
|Elizabeth Tew||Y||Communications Specialist|
|Ericka Andersen Sylvester||Y||Digital Marketing Director|
|Heather Madden||Y||Director of Operations and Policy Research|
|Inez Feltscher Stepman||Y||Senior Policy Analyst|
|Patrice Lee Onwuka||Y||Senior Policy Analyst|
|Somerlyn Cothran||Y||Senior Vice President of Investor Relations|
|Carrie L. Lukas||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Sabrina Schaeffer||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Leadership Circle Chair|
|Hadley Heath||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Director of Health Policy|
|Whitney Garrison Athayde||Y||Y||Y||Y||Director of Donor Relations|
|Emily Wismer||Y||Y||Policy Analyst|
|Rebecca Bernbach||Y||Outreach Coordinator|
|Carol Eberly||Y||Y||Y||Director of Communications and Media Relations|
|Romina Boccia||Y||Policy Analyst|
|Michelle D. Bernard||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||President and CEO|
|Stacy Chin||Y||Y||Y||Y||Vice President of Operations and Administration|
|Regina Truslow||Y||Y||Y||Executive Assistant to the President|
|Christie Raniszewski Herrera||Y||Y|
|Heather R. Higgins||Y||Y||Chairman|
|Christina Jamison||Y||Vice President of Communications|
|Tatiana M Posada||Y||Director of New Media and the Silberman Center for Campus Studies|
|Erin Grant||Y||Y||Vice President of Development and Programs|
|Christina Hoff Sommers||Y||Y||Y||Y||National Advisory Board Chairman|
|A. Yasmine Rassam||Y||Director for Foreign Policy and International Women's Issues|
|Halima Karzai||Y||Associate Director for Foreign Policy and International Women's Issues|
|Martha H. Hutto||Y||Chief Financial Officer & Vice President of Administration|
|Arianne Massey||Y||Y||Y||Chief Operating Officer|
|Christina Hobbs||Y||Y||Y||Manager of Communications|
|Jen Gustafson||Y||Y||Director of Development|
|Laurie Woydziak||Y||Y||Executive Assistant|
|Louise Filkins||Y||Y||Director of Communications|
|Nancy M. Pfotenhauer||Y||Y|
|Travis K. McSherley||Y||Y||Online Editor/Webmaster|
|Barbara Constantine||Y||Development Coordinator|
|Joy Simington||Y||Operations Administrator|
|Michael Berry||Y||Chief Operating Officer|
|Rieva Holycross||Y||Senior Vice President|
|Anita Blair||Y||Executive VP/General Counsel|
|Barbara Ledeen||Y||Executive Director|
IWF consistently pushed for the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court Justice, even after Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegations came to light. IWF, while it was still known as “Women for Judge Thomas,” the group released a list of women who claimed they had never been harassed by Clarence Thomas and worked to stigmatize Anita Hill. These are similar to current tactics being employed by numerous groups to disparage and discredit Christine Blasey Ford for her sexual assault allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. 
Some samples of IWF publications and appearances below:
- “Me Too Movement Goes Too Far with Politicization of Kavanaugh Accuser” – (Podcast) September 20, 2018.
IWF Senior Fellow Jennifer C. Braceras went on The Wilkow Majority to discuss the Me Too movement. According to Braceras, Blasey's insistence on an investigation into the charges is “just proving it's clearly a delay tactic. I mean, this was all manufactured to delay the nomination to after the midterms.”
- “Not a Surprise: Anita Hill Weights In” — September 19, 2018
IWF criticized Anita Hill's comments on the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.
- “Brett Kavanaugh and the limits of hashtag feminism” — Boston Globe, September 19, 2018
Jennifer C. Braceras wrote an Op-Ed at the Boston Globe reiterating her claim that Christine Blasey Ford's charges of sexuall assualt were “a delay tactic, pure and simple.”
“In a just world, a last-minute attempt to stop judicial confirmations based on an uncorroborated allegation of teenage misconduct would not succeed,” Braceras wrote.
- “Women Should Support Judge Kavanaugh's Nomination” – September 10, 2018
The IWF published an article titled “Women Should Support Judge Kavanaugh's Nomination.” It was originally published at Real Clear Policy. The author is Erin Hawley, a legal fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, an associate professor of law at the University of Missouri, and a former clerk to Chief Justice John Roberts. 
“Judge Kavanaugh does not hire ideologically — he hires women in record number regardless of their points of view. His former female law clerks, coming from diverse ideological persuasions, enthusiastically support Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, not in spite of his position on women, but because of his advocacy for women,” Hawler claimed in the article.
“The erroneous statements of women’s rights organizations — that Judge Kavanaugh poses a danger to the rights of women to make their own decisions about health care, abortion, and workplace protections — are based on a misguided view of the Supreme Court. “
The IWF's version of the article features a stock image. A search of Shutterstock finds the image captioned “Female African American banker dressed in elegant black suit folding hands and looking on side standing against office building. Confident female entrepreneur with crossed arms looking on copy space.” , 
July 18, 2018
The Independent Women's Forum, represented by Carrie L. Lukas, was among signatories of a letter supporting an anti-carbon tax resolution from House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va. 
“We oppose any carbon tax. We oppose a carbon tax because it would lead to less income and fewer jobs for American families,” the letter read. “We support the House Concurrent Resolution in opposition to a job-killing carbon tax and urge members to co-sponsor and support this effort.” 
The resolution would call a carbon tax “detrimental to the United States economy.”E&E News reported it was similar to a measure that passed the House in 2016. Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida, co-chairman of the Climate Solutions Caucus, said he would not vote for the resolution. 
“Protecting our environment and economic growth are not mutually exclusive,” he said in a statement. “The resolution presents a false choice.” 
February 12, 2018
Signatories include: 
|Brent Wm. Gardner||Chief Government Affairs Officer||Amer|
|Michael A. Needham||CEO||Heritage Action for America|
|Grover Norquist||President||Americans for Tax Reform|
|David McIntosh||President||Club for Growth|
|Nathan Nascimento||Executive Vice President||Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce|
|Mark Scribner||Senior Fellow||Competitive Enterprise Institute|
|Jason Pye||Vice President of Legislative Affairs||FreedomWorks|
|Tom Schatz||President||Citizens Against Government Waste|
|Pete Sepp||President||National Taxpayers Union|
|Phil Kerpen||President||American Commitment|
|Mario H. Lopez||President||Hispanic Leadership Fund|
|Daniel Garza||President||The Libre Initiative|
|Carrie L. Lukas||President||Independent Women’s Forum|
|Heather R. Higgins||President and CEO||Independent Women’s Voice|
|Harry C. Alford||President and CEO||National Black Chamber of Commerce|
|Jeffrey Mazella||President||Center for Individual Freedom|
|Donald Bryson||President||Civitas Action|
|David Barnes||Policy Director||Generation Opportunity|
|Norm Singleton||President||Campaign for Liberty|
|Judson Phillips||Founder||Tea Party Nation|
|Seton Motley||President||Less Government|
|Kim Crockett, Esq.||Vice President, Senior Fellow and General Counsel||Center of the American Experiment|
|Tom Brinkman, Jr.||Chairman||Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST)|
|Matthew Kandrach||President||Consumer Action for a Strong Economy (CASE)|
|Katie McAulliffe||Executive Director||Digital Liberty|
|Brett Healy||President||John K. MacIver Institute|
|Sean Noble||President||American Encore|
|Annette Meeks||CEO||Freedom Foundation of Minnesota|
|Andrew F. Quinlan||President||Center for Freedom and Prosperity|
February 22 - 25, 2017
January 12, 2017
IWV's Chairman Heather Higgins was a signatory to a January 12, 2017 official letter of support (PDF) for Scott Pruitt, in which numerous groups, including The Heartland Institute, American Energy Alliance (AEA), and others, declared that the Senate should “swiftly approve his nomination” for Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Other signatories of the letter included: 
- Thomas Pyle, American Energy Alliance
- Michael Needham, Heritage Action for America
- Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform
- Kent Lassman, Competitive Enterprise Institute
- Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks
- David McIntosh, Club for Growth
- Phil Kerpen, American Commitment
- Craig Richardson, Energy and Environment Action Team
- David Williams, Taxpayers Protection Alliance
- Harry Alford, National Black Chamber of Commerce
- Jim Martin, 60 Plus
- Andrew Langer, Institute for Liberty
- Independence Institute
- Richard Martin, Americans for Limited Government
- Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST)
- Brett Healy, MacIver Institute
- Joseph Bast, Heartland Institute
- George Landrith, Frontiers of Freedom
- Randy Eminger, Energy Policy Network
- Paul Gessing, Rio Grande Foundation
- Mike Nasi, Balanced Energy for Texas
- Brent Mead, Montana Policy Institute
- Forest Thigpen, Mississippi Center for Public Policy
August 18, 2016
The Independent Women's Forum (IWF) was profiled in The Nation, following a new analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD). 
The Nation reports that “since 2010, IWF and its political arm, Independent Women’s Voice, have become aggressive players in Republican politics, embedded in the network of organizations backed by Charles and David Koch, advocating for the Koch brothers' myriad concerns, and playing on their 'independent' label to elect GOP candidates.” 
The Independent Women's Forum misrepresentations have included used its “independent” label to help Republications:
“Being branded as neutral, but actually having people who know know that you’re actually conservative puts us in a unique position,” Heather Richardson Higgins, the President of the Independent Women’s Voice and the Board Chair of theIndependent Women’s Forum, admitted in a speech to potential 2016 donors at a David Horowitz Freedom Center retreat.
“Our value here and what is needed in the Republican conservative arsenal is a group that can talk to those cohorts [women who are not Republican conservatives] that would not otherwise listen but can do it in a way that is taking a conservative message and packaging it in a way that will be acceptable,” she said. 
While IWF claims to be neutral on abortion, nearly all of the GOP congressional candidates supported by IWV have had a zero rating from NARAL Pro Choice America. The CMD report found that The Independent Women's Voice (IWV) spent $850,000 in 2014 supporting GOP Senate candidates who had a zero rating from NARAL, except for Scott Brown. 
“Our investigation showed that Higgins uses IWV’s independent brand name to reach independent or Democratic voters and spends money to help anti-choice extremists,” CMD’s Lisa Graves notes, “while IWF claims it is not anti-abortion and there is no GOP ‘war on women.’” 
“It’s clear that IWF and IWV are in the business of saying one thing, but doing another,” said CMD Executive Director Lisa Graves, co-authored of the report on the IWF and IWV. “The Not-So-Independent Women’s Forum/Voice.” “They call themselves ‘independent,’ while IWF backs policies that echo the corporate lobbying agenda and IWV tells donors it’s a crucial part of the ‘Republican conservative arsenal.’”
The Nation describes how Heather Higgins, president of the Independent Women's Voice, is also a supporter of Donald Trump:
“Don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good,” higgins told a GOP convention in Cleveland in July. “Your choice is Hillary Clinton who will be wrong on all issues.[…] Trump will surround himself with principled, savvy advisers who will lead us to the best possible outcomes on a wide range of [issues] and his judicial picks.” 
“In other words, junk science can enjoy its heyday, as long as its conclusions are politically convenient for an overzealous EPA,” she says. “[I]t’s increasingly clear that the EPA is cherry-picking its science, giving undue consideration to studies that support lower ozone standards while ignoring research that doesn’t match the agency’s political agenda.” 
According to Melchior, “The Clean Power Plan exemplifies bad policy, deeply harming the economy without meaningful environmental or diplomatic achievements. States and the other two branches of federal government should act fast to halt this wrongheaded executive action.”
April 1, 2015
The group presented a petition to the District 51 school board demanding that modern climate change science suggesting that man-kind is responsible for climate change should not be taught in classrooms. Rose Pugliese presented the petition and stated that “It (global warming) is not a proven scientific theory. There is not evidence to support it.”
According to the campaign's press release, “It's wrong for schools to try to scare our children and not provide them with another perspective on global warming. Schools are supposed to present facts and let students make judgments for themselves.” 
As part of the campaign, Balanced Education distributed a “documentary” titled Not Evil Just Wrong which purports to confront “the erroneous claims of environmental extremists” along with additional teaching curriculum materials. The film features a number of prominent climate change skeptics including Roy Innis, Richard Lindzen, Stephen McIntyre and Patrick Moore.
The Denver Post reports the link between Balanced Education and Rose Pugliese, “a Mesa County resident and officer of the Western Slope Conservative Alliance, when she petitioned the Mesa County District 51 school board to prohibit the teaching of manmade global warming and to stop teachers from presenting their political views in classrooms.” 
The school board denied Balanced Education's petition, and the group's website has since been taken down. 
In the same year, IWF hosted its annual college essay contest (PDF) where they offered $10,500 in prizes to write on the implications of climate change (emphasis added):
“While there are differing views among scientists regarding global warming, do you believe the potential costs to the American economy in terms of diminished economic growth, jobs and higher costs for goods and services are worth the cost of proposed climate policies to address the issue? If so, why? Or, do you believe this money should be spent on other priorities (and if so, where and why)?” 
IWF opposed the renewal of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), legislation which served to fund efforts to combat domestic abuse and aid victims of violence. IWF said that “the battered women's movement has outlived its useful beginnings,” and suggested that passing VAWA would “do nothing to protect women from crime” but instead “perpetuate false information, waste money and urge vulnerable women to mistrust all men.” 
IWF wrote in a 15-page amicus brief that “Ideological distortions have produced a law that is not only unconstitutional, but harmful to the victims it purports to help.”
IWF Contact & Location
As of June 2016, the Independent Women's Forum (IWF) listed the following contact information on its website: 
Independent Women's Forum
1875 I Street NW | Suite 500
Washington, DC 20006
202.857.5201 | phone
202.429.9574 | fax
email: [email protected]
- Women for Judge Thomas (Defunct)
- Women's Information Network (Defunct)
- Citizens for a Sound Economy — Previously shared staff and resources.
- Americans for Prosperity Foundation — Previously shared staff and resources.
- Balanced Education for Everyone (Defunct)
- Independent Women's Voice — “Sister organization of the Independent Women's Forum.” 
- Health Care Lawsuits — Project of IWF. 
- Copenhagen Consensus Center (CCC) — Received significant funding from the Randolph Foundation, whose main trustee is Heather Higgens, current Chairman of IWF. Higgins is also a member of the Philanthropy Roundtable. 
- IWF publications have included: The Women's Quarterly, Ex Femina newsletter, Shethinks magazine, Inkwell (blog), and various individual issue reports.
Meredith Turits. “Women Don't Trust GOP”, Says Conservative Organization Independent Women's Forum. Do You Agree?” Glamour, November 9, 2012. Archived August 27, 2015.
“About IWF,” Independent Women's Forum. Archived November 27, 2012.
“Politically-charged pay equity bill to get vote in Senate Tuesday,” CNN Political Ticker, June 4, 2012. Archived August 27, 2015.
Carrie L. Lukas. “Paycheck Fairness Act Proponents Are Only Playing Politics,” Townhall.com. Republished by Independent Women's Forum, May 30, 2012. Archived August 27, 2015.
“There Is No Male-Female Wage Gap,” The Wall Street Journal, April 12, 2011. Archived August 27, 2015.
Ronnee Schreiber, Righting Feminism: Conservative Women and American Politics, Oxford University Press, June 2008. ISBN 0195331818 ISBN 978-0195331813.
“Carrie L. Lukas,” Independent Women's Forum. Archived August 27, 2015.
Carrie Lukas. “Government Jobs Programs Never Fair to All,” Goldwater Institute, December 17, 2008. Archived August 27, 2015.
“IWF Announces Exciting New Partnership” (Press Release), Independent Women's Forum, October 28, 2003. Archived November 9, 2003.
Carrie L. Lukas. “Skeptism on Climate Change,” Independent Women's Forum, June 26, 2009. Archived August 27, 2015.
Vickie E. Alger. “Common Core’s Global Warming Agenda,” Independent Women's Forum, May 24, 2014. Archived August 28, 2015.
“Independent Women's Forum,” Conservative Transparency. Accessed May 20, 2016.
Jillian Melchior. “EPA’s stringent smog rules could suffocate economic opportunity,” The Sacramento Bee, August 15, 2015. Archived August 28, 2015.
Jillian Kay Melchior. “Obama’s Latest Executive Action: Spend Hundreds of Billions to Not Help the Environment,” National Review, August 4, 2015. Archived August 28, 2015.
“Dear Sen. McConnel” (PDF), Americans for Tax Reform, April 1, 2015. Archived August 28, 2015.
Jillian Kay Melchior. “Study: EPA Low-Balled Costs of Carbon Regs,” Independent Women's Forum. Archived August 28, 2015.
Nancy Lofholm. “Push to teach 'other side' of global warming heats up in Colorado's Mesa County,” The Denver Post, May 26, 2010. Archived August 28, 2015.
“IWF Launches Balanced Education for Everyone Campaign,” PR Newswire, April 5, 2010. Archived August 28, 2015.
“About,” Balanced Education for Everyone. Archived April 15, 2010.
“Independent Women's Forum 2008-2008 College Essay Contest” (PDF), Retreived from IWF.org, November 2012. Archived August 28, 2015.
Dana Milbank. “Ashcroft puts foxes over henhouse / 2 women who oppose domestic violence law named to oversee it,” Washington Post. Republished by San Francisco Chronicle, September 5, 2002.
“About IWV,” Independent Women's Voice. Archived August 28, 2015.
“About HealthCareLawsuits.org,” Health Care Lawsuits. Archived August 28, 2015.
Graham Readfearn. “The Millions Behind Bjorn Lomborg's Copenhagen Consensus Center US Think Tank,” DeSmogBlog, June 24, 2014.
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