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About IWLC

At Independent Women’s Law Center (IWLC), we understand that sex matters. While we know that women and men are today legally equal in America, we also know that women and men are not (and never will be) interchangeable or the same. We believe that our laws and our public policies shouldn’t gloss over important physical differences between women and men. We believe that policies that limit individual freedom are often particularly harmful to women.

We believe that women (and men!) benefit from workplace flexibility.

We believe that parents have a right to direct their children’s education and that public schools should be responsive to the parents and taxpayers they serve.

And we believe in fighting for these principles—in the courts, before administrative agencies and legislative bodies, and in the court of public opinion.

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.

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.

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.

Rachel Chiu

is an IWLC visiting fellow. She is a policy commentator and writer focused on online speech, antitrust, and emerging technologies.

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.

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.

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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