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News, Commentary and Blog posts from the Independent Women's Foundation.(...)IWF RSS Upset at President Trump's Proposed EPA Budget Cuts • Forbes on Fox SchaefferMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumPresident Trump's Plan to Slash Foreign Aid & UN Funding Sparks Debate • Forbes on Fox SchaefferMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumJonathan Gruber Calls GOP Healthcare Bill "A Scam" • Forbes on Fox SchaefferMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumU.S. Trade Gap Hits 5-Year High in January • Forbes on Fox SchaefferMon, 13 Mar 2017 11:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumVP Pence to Make GOP Healthcare Sales Pitch in Louisville, KY • Forbes on Fox SchaefferMon, 13 Mar 2017 09:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumA Day Without a Woman • Kennedy SchaefferThu, 9 Mar 2017 11:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's Forum"A Day without a Woman Protests" Underway • Your World with Neil Cavuto SchaefferThu, 9 Mar 2017 11:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumAre Voters Ready for a Female Trump?<p> There&rsquo;s a healthy conversation on the left and the right over the importance of women running for public office. Groups like She Should Run, Running Start, and RightNOW are focused on getting more women to run for public office as a way of changing the debate over key policy concerns, as well as advancing opportunities for women.</p> <p> Many progressives suggest that persistent sexism still plagues women running for office; others argue that women are turned off by the noise of the 24-hour campaign. And for years political science researchers have backed this narrative, suggesting that fewer women run for office because they haven&rsquo;t been asked, funding streams are controlled by the party elites, and sexism by the media.</p> <p> More recently, however, the narrative has begun to shift. Researchers like Jennifer Lawless &ndash; Professor of Government and Director of the Women and Politics Institute at American University &ndash; have begun to show some cracks in this theory, suggesting that while more still needs to be done to encoruage women to run, some&nbsp;<a href="'t-There:-Voters-Are-Ready-For-A-Woman-President-Who-Fits-Their-Ideology">gender bias against female candidates may be overstated</a>.</p> <p> Now this week more academic research out of INSEAD &ndash; a business school with campuses in Europe and Asia and alliances with top American universities like Wharton &ndash; furthers this notion. In contrast to the idea that women candidates have to be more delicate and lady-like, Maria Gaudalupe and Joe Salvatore demonstrate just the opposite.</p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p> Following the first presidential debate in which we saw a man square off against a woman, the researchers began to wonder how attitudes might be different if Trump were a woman and Clinton a man. Could a woman be as aggressive as Donald Trump? Could she make inflammatory comments and use wild gesticulations? And what about a man? How would voters receive the calm, smiling man?</p> <p> To dig deeper they put together a stage performance&nbsp; -- <a href="">Her Opponent</a> &ndash; that was then part of a pre-post survey experiment. Using real actors, in which a woman studied the tone and mannerisms of Trump and a male actor did the same for Hillary Clinton, they literally &ldquo;swapped&rdquo; the genders of the two candidates.</p> <p> The researchers assumed that switching the genders would demonstrate what many of us might expect &ndash; that voters would reject Trump&rsquo;s bombastic style and gesticulations when they came from a woman.&nbsp; But what resulted was fascinating:</p> <blockquote> <p> &ldquo;Many were shocked to find that they couldn&rsquo;t seem to find in Jonathan Gordon [&ldquo;Hillary Clinton&rdquo;] what they had admired in Hillary Clinton&mdash;or that Brenda King&rsquo;s [&ldquo;Donald Trump&rdquo;] clever tactics seemed to shine in moments where they&rsquo;d remembered Donald Trump flailing or lashing out. For those Clinton voters trying to make sense of the loss, it was by turns bewildering and instructive, raising as many questions about gender performance and effects of sexism as it answered.&quot;</p> </blockquote> <p> The importance of women running for public office is one that is not going away. And it&rsquo;s no longer just a topic dominated by speakers and activists on the left. (See IWF&rsquo;s most recent <a href="">Modern Feminist portrait of Laura Cox Kaplan</a>.) Not only are voters ready for female lawmakers &ndash; they also might be ready for a female Trump!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> SchaefferWed, 8 Mar 2017 09:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumA Day Without Women, A Defamation of Men<p> Historically Americans have held some significant marches to protest wide-spread injustices and inequalities. The Suffragette Movement and the March in 1913 protested women&rsquo;s disenfranchisement and inequality under the law. Martin Luther King and the March on Washington demanded a reversal of the institutionalized racism that persisted well into the 1960s. &ldquo;A Day without Women&rdquo;, however, &ndash; a protest to spotlight the &ldquo;economic injustices&rdquo; against women &ndash; does not follow suit.</p> <p> Today women will gather in cities around the country to &ldquo;call attention to&rdquo; issues such as pay equity, gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity. We are certain to hear about the grossly overstated wage gap, the need for mandated paid leave, and government funded childcare, among other things.</p> <p> Of course, this &ldquo;woman-as-victim&rdquo; narrative is nothing new. For years progressives have worked to convince Americans that women are victims of a relentless sexist society and therefore in need of constant special attention from government. Feminists on the left increasingly act as if women don&rsquo;t have choices; and too often they (re)fashion women as objects rather than agents.</p> <p> But in contrast to the great marches of the past, A Day Without Women is protesting against something that simply isn&rsquo;t true &ndash; that the overwhelming majority of men simply don&rsquo;t value women in society. That boys and men need to be reminded of what their world would look like without us.</p> <p> This is &ndash; I don&rsquo;t know how to put it delicately &ndash; plain and simple an insulting notion that runs contrary to the experiences of all the women who are surrounded by thoughtful men as husbands, business partners, colleagues, customers and friends. Should I &ndash; or most women I know &ndash; suddenly &ldquo;disappear,&rdquo; there are a lot of men who would be affected (and they know it). And I&rsquo;m not talking about who does the laundry or washes the dishes.</p> <p> I&rsquo;m talking about, for example, a marriage. My husband doesn&rsquo;t need to be reminded what life without a best friend and confidant would be like; or what it would feel like to lose the mother of his children. I&rsquo;m also talking about the mutually beneficial relationship fathers have with their daughters, brothers with their sisters; the connection made between professors and students, colleagues, employers, and friends.</p> <p> There has been a consistent anti-male thread running through the modern feminist movement, but it has intensified in recent years, culminating this week in an event so deeply divisive it should be resoundingly rejected by women of all political stripes as raw, anti-male sexism. From the panic over a &ldquo;rape culture&rdquo; on college campuses, to the #YesAllWomen social media campaign, to the uproar over &ldquo;street harassment,&rdquo; the narrative is that most men abuse women. That most men badger, sexually assault, and discriminate against women. In fact, that most men wouldn&rsquo;t <em>even</em> care if we disappeared altogether.</p> <p> The real tragedy of &ldquo;A Day Without Women&rdquo; is what it teaches boys and men. We are telling boys and men that misogyny and even violence against women is the norm. It portrays men in general as bumbling idiots, dependent on their wives simply for their scheduling and shopping talents &ndash; forcing them to be &ldquo;surprised&rdquo; in some comical, outdated fashion when elementary school teachers don&rsquo;t show up in the morning. It endorses the idea that most fathers don&rsquo;t think their daughters are worth their attention.</p> <p> And this is simply not the case.</p> <p> Of course there are bad actors &ndash; husbands who abuse their wives, men who prey on women, and bosses who mistreat female employees. But at a time when women are equal under the law, gender roles have evolved, and women have more educational, professional, and personal freedom than ever before, mistreatment of women is thankfully more often the exception than the rule.</p> <p> If we want to create a stronger society -- one in which women are respected, have greater economic opportunity, and have happier relationships &ndash; then it&rsquo;s time to stop creating rivalries between men and women. And it&rsquo;s certainly time to stop shaming men.</p> <p> Rather than marching in red, let&rsquo;s change the perception of normal social behavior by recognizing most men strive to be good people: fathers who see all the potential in their daughters; male bosses who applaud and promote their female employees, husbands who encourage and support their wives.</p> <p> On this International Women&rsquo;s Day, let&rsquo;s spend&nbsp;<em>less&nbsp;</em>time dividing men and women and more time engaging in how to ensure true gender equality around the globe.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Sabrina L. Schaeffer is executive director of the Independent Women&rsquo;s Forum. </em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> SchaefferWed, 8 Mar 2017 08:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumFocus on Obamacare Replacement as President Trump Backs Tax Credits • Forbes on Fox SchaefferMon, 6 Mar 2017 16:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumPresident Trump Accuses Obama of Wiretapping • Forbes on Fox (03.04.2017) SchaefferMon, 6 Mar 2017 16:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumRussia Questions Distracting from President Trump's Economic Agenda? • Coast to Coast SchaefferSun, 5 Mar 2017 07:03:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumFocus on Pres Tax Cut as U.S. Falls to Record Low in Economic Freedom • Forbes on Fox SchaefferSat, 18 Feb 2017 17:02:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumNew Focus on Use of Taxpayer Money as Dems Push Anti-Trump Legislation • Forbes on Fox SchaefferSat, 18 Feb 2017 17:02:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumPresident Trump Delivers Remarks at Boeing Plant • Coast to Coast SchaefferFri, 17 Feb 2017 14:02:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's Forum