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About IWLC

Independent Women’s Law Center (IWLC) fights for freedom and opportunity for women and girls.

At IWLC, we know that legal rulings, laws, and regulations that limit freedom are harmful to women.

And we understand that, while males and females are legally equal, we are not the same.

In the courts, before administrative agencies and legislative bodies, and in the court of public opinion, IWLC fights against gender ideology and other radical legal theories that deny due process, undermine equal opportunity, make the government less accountable, and punish certain viewpoints.

IWLC’s Team of Talented Attorneys & Experts:

  • Fight for equal opportunity, freedom of association, due process of law, and other constitutional liberties;
  • Advocate for the continued legal relevance of biological sex; 
  • Educate people about the many ways in which laws that limit personal freedom harm women;
  • Promote educational transparency, school choice, and other policies that empower parents;
  • Raise awareness about the dangers of Critical Race Theory in our nation’s classrooms;
  • Defend the democratic decision-making process and our structural constitution; and
  • Support judicial nominees who understand that the role of a judge is to interpret the law as written, not to legislate policies that erase women or limit freedom.

IWLC Experts

Jennifer C. Braceras

is director of IWLC. She is a former member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) with expertise on sex equality, Title IX, the Equal Protection Clause, employment law, and the Electoral College.

Kristin Shapiro

is an IWLC Senior Fellow. She is a former Attorney-Adviser with the Office of Legal Counsel within the Department of Justice and Assistant General Counsel with the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives, with broad experience in constitutional and administrative law and separation of powers issues.

Inez Stepman

is a Senior Policy Analyst and the host of High Noon, a podcast featuring conversations that make free society possible. She is an expert on education policy and sex equality.

May Mailman

is an IWLC Senior Fellow. She is a former White House counselor with broad expertise in immigration law, healthcare law, trade policy, federalism, and the separation of powers.

Maya M. Noronha

is an IWLC Visiting Fellow. She is a civil rights attorney and expert on election law and voting rights. Maya currently serves on the Free Speech and Election Law Executive Committee of the Federalist Society.

Jennifer George

is an IWLC Visiting Fellow and an experienced employment and higher education lawyer. Jennifer was employed most recently with the Office of University Counsel for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Legal Briefs

IWLC Legal Policy


In the United States, women and men are legally equal. But we are not the same, and the law must acknowledge that.

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Due Process

College disciplinary systems should be even-handed and fair. They shouldn’t stack the deck against the accused.

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First Amendment

Our First Amendment freedoms are part of what makes America a truly exceptional nation.

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Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault it a crime. It should be treated as such.

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Judicial Nominations

A truly independent judiciary is the cornerstone of American democracy.

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Critical Race Theory

CRT is not just a “graduate-level theory.” It’s being implemented daily in classrooms across America.

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Voting Rights

Voting should be easy, accessible, and secure.

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Ranked Choice Voting

We must reject electoral schemes that make voting more complicated and less transparent.

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The Electoral College

Our system for electing the president reduces the chances of contested elections and makes us truly a nation of united states.

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Our Structural Constitution

Federalism and the Separation of Powers are critical to the preservation of liberty.

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Junk Science

Juries should only hear evidence of causation that is based sound scientific method.

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Litigation Reform

Our court system is for resolving particular cases and controversies, not for determining important matters of policy.

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Nuisance Laws

Public nuisance laws should not be used to regulate the sale and distribution of legal products.

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