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Monday, March 14, 2005

Citizens' Initiative Commission Members: Barbara J. Ledeen

Citizens' Initiative Commission Members: Barbara J. Ledeen: "Citizens' Initiative on
Race and Ethnicity

Barbara J. Ledeen is executive director for policy and liaison of the Independent Woman's Forum (IWF). A founder of the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established in 1992 as a countervoice to traditional feminist organizations, Ledeen oversees all IWF projects and programs and develops the overall strategic goals of the organization. Her project areas include child care, HIV/AIDS as a woman's issue, human rights, educational reform, and civil rights/ affirmative action.

Ledeen has testified before Congress, been published in the Wall Street Journal , the Washington Times, and numerous others papers across the country. She is a frequent radio talk show guest, was featured on 60 Minutes and in the NBC Nightly News profiles of influential Americans. She is a board member of Americans for a Sound HIV/AIDS Policy, the National Coalition for Athletics Equity, and the International Center for Residential Education.

Prior to cofounding the IWF, Ledeen was director of the Second Thoughts Project with David Horowitz and Peter Collier now of the Los Angeles-based Center for the Study of Popular Culture. During the Reagan administration, Ledeen was director of communications for the Defense Technology Security Administration, which was responsible for stopping the flow of technology to the Soviet empire, China, Iraq, and Iran.

Ledeen, a mother of three, resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with her husband Michael, a writer and historian at the American Enterprise Institute."


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