Last week we celebrated International Women’s Day.

As conservatives, we believe all should have the same freedom and opportunities regardless of race, religion, gender, etc.

With March designated as Women’s History month, it is important that we celebrate the contributions that women make to our society.

A majority of women are now responsible for household finances and health care decisions and women-owned businesses employ more than 8.4 million workers. So it is essential then to understand how key conservative federal policies such as taxes, education and health care affect women and their families.

For that reason, we hosted an event Thursday with four congresswomen titled “Empowering Women Through Conservative Policy”.

They joined us to discuss a more dynamic way to understand women’s issues and the intersection of public policy, free enterprise, and family life.

Watch the event below:

What do you believe is the biggest challenge to gender inequality?

Heritage is making real progress in developing solutions that make our schools safe.

This week, we launched a new site that is focused entirely on our new school safety initiative.

On this site–which will be updated regularly–you will find plans for a “Teach-In” event on March 21-22 that will precede the Left’s “March for our Lives” gun control rally on March 24.

Participants will learn more about the events of February 14 in Parkland, Florida, how they might have been prevented, and the real causes of school violence. We’ll take a deep dive into solutions—including hearing about programs that strengthen families and make schools safer.

Watch Heritage’s President Kay Coles James address this new initiative:

View the site >>

You will also find the latest research and stats surrounding this debate including:

Fact Sheet: Gun Violence >>

The Current Gun Debate: Mass Shootings >>


What do you think should be done about school safety?

In response to Thursday’s announcement by North Korea inviting President Trump to meet, Heritage experts swarmed the media channels to weigh in.

They recommend President Trump do the following six things:

  1. Fill key policymaker vacancies in the region
  2. Put together a clear agenda for the meeting that North Korea agrees to
  3. Do not budge on sanctions
  4. Move forward with planned military exercises with South Korea
  5. Propose measures that would increase transparency from North Korea
  6. Demand North Korea prove its commitment to the new plan

To hear more from Heritage experts on North Korea, you can watch their TV interviews and read their articles below:


Bruce Klingner, Fox Business, “Mornings With Maria”

Bruce Klingner, Associated Press TV, “Analysis: US-North Korea Talks ‘High-Risk Poker’”

Bruce Klingner, CNN, “Wolf”

Bruce Klingner, MSNBC, “MSNBC Live With Katy Tur”

Bruce Klingner, BBC, “World News America with Katty Kay”

Bruce Klingner, Fox Business, “Making Money”

Jim Carafano, Fox News, “Fox and Friends First”

Jim Carafano, Fox Business, “FBN: AM”

Olivia Enos, i24 News, “The Rundown”

Olivia Enos, EWTN, “News Nightly”


Bruce Klingner, The Washington Post, “Trump’s North Korea gambit blindsides U.S. diplomats”

Bruce Klingner, Associated Press, “Summit plan too easy on North Korea? US rejects criticism”

Bruce Klingner, The Hill, “Trump rolls the dice on North Korea”

Bruce Klingner, CNN, “How South Korea triggered Trump’s flip from ‘fire and fury’ to ‘call me maybe’”

Bruce Klingner, The Daily Mail (UK), “Trump says that reaching a deal to arrange a summit with North Korea will ‘be a very good thing for the world’ if successful but noted that a ‘time and place’ still need to be determined”

Bruce Klingner, Voice of America, “US Military, Intel Officials Cautious About N. Korean Overtures”

Bruce Klingner, The New Yorker, “Trump Accepts North Korea’s Audacious Invitation—But Then What?”

Bruce Klingner, Vox, “Great opportunity or trap? 12 experts weigh in on the Trump-Kim summit.”

Jim Carafano, The New York Times, “Trump’s Meeting With Kim Jong-un Is Another Pledge to Do What Nobody Else Can”

Jim Carafano, Politico, “Trump meeting with Kim could signal major thaw in nuclear standoff”


Thank you for making it possible to get the conservative recommendations regarding North Korea out to the public when key leaders need to hear it most.


What should be done about North Korea?

United States Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced at CPAC during an interview with Heritage President Kay Coles James that she supports Heritage’s plan that would allow military families to use federal funds as education savings accounts to pay for personalized schooling for their children.

The plan would allow over 126,000 military-connected families to use federal funds for the schooling of their choice.

Heritage education expert Lindsey Burke said:

In order to ensure that those who secure our nation are able to access education options that best serve them, policymakers should empower these families with education-choice options,” wrote Lindsey Burke, director of Heritage’s Education Policy Center, and former Heritage research assistant Anne Ryland in a report that is leading the way for lawmakers.

Thanks to your support, Heritage will continue to lead the way on education reform and allow parents to choose the best education option for their children.

Do you believe military families should have more school choices? What other education reforms do you think should be implemented?

Last week, former Heritage alumni Bethany Mandel wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times titled, “I Wanted to be a Good Mom. So I Bought a Gun.”

In the feature, Ms. Mandel started by saying:

A few months after my father left our family home for good, my mother heard me screaming in the middle of the night. It was the kind of scream that made her grab her rifle in one hand and some ammo in another.

It was a spring night and I was sleeping with my window open, which was right above my bed; I loved breathing in the fresh air. That night, in that open window, I heard the banging of a ladder, and by the time my mother made it into the room and began loading her gun, a man was about to climb in.

She then goes on to talk about the reasons people own guns and why a ban on guns is not the answer to stop mass shootings.

Read her full story here >>

We are thankful for Ms. Mandel’s past service to Heritage and to her continued bravery in taking a stand for conservatives.

Do you agree with Ms. Mandel’s opinion on gun control? Why or why not?



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