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Independent Women's Forum

The Independent Women's Forum (IWF) is a nonpartisan 403(b)(3) organization for research and education that is dedicated to domestic and foreign issues that affect women. Formed in 1992, the group is explicitly socially and fiscally conservative, and their mission states that their primary concerns include respect for limited government, free markets, strong foreign policy and national defense, and equality under the law and property rights. Although the IWF is an organization that fosters the rights of women, its positions on several contemporary issues have been labeled antifeminist by their critics.

The feminist philosophy of the IWF is described as “equity feminism”-a term coined by IWF board member Christina Hoff Sommers. Sommers, born in New York in 1950, is an American author best known for her 1994 ...

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