Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., Senior Fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute, the think tank for Concerned Women for America, is a recognized authority on domestic issues, the United Nations, cultural and women’s concerns. In May, 2002, Janice Shaw Crouse was appointed as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations Children’s Summit. Subsequently, Janice Shaw Crouse was appointed by the President to the U.S. delegation to the 2003 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The Heritage Foundation nominated her for the 2003 Bradley Prize for her influence on contemporary issues. During the first Bush Administration, Janice Shaw Crouse was a Presidential Speech Writer, authoring major presidential policy addresses as well as drafting and editing the Presidential White Paper on Welfare Reform.
Janice Shaw Crouse is frequently a guest lecturer on college campuses –– including most recently Princeton, Harvard, Tulane, Erskine, Asbury, and Georgetown –– and at United Nations related conventions like the World Congress of Families III in Mexico City and the commemoration of the International Year of the Family in Kuala, Lumpur. Janice Shaw Crouse is author of “Gaining Ground: A Profile of American Women in the Twentieth Century.” The book that she co-authored, “A Different Kind of Strength,” was a Conservative Book of the Month selection in 2000 and has been printed in two foreign editions. Her paperback, The Strength of a Godly Woman, is one of Harvest House Publishers top-five picks.
Janice Shaw Crouse's opinion editorials and columns have appeared in major newspapers across the nation as well as in journals and magazines – including the Washington Post, The Washington Times, Insight, First Things, Touchstone, USA Today, Christianity Today, Marriage Partnership, Family Voice, Citizen. She has been featured in many of those same publications and others, including Congressional Quarterly. She has been interviewed on numerous national radio and television programs including the major television networks as well as C-Span, Fox, MSNBC and CNN. She has authored scholarly and think-tank publications and Congressional Testimony. Prior to the White House, Dr. Crouse wrote for the Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) where she coined the phrase, “Healthy Start.”
Dr. Crouse was selected to launch CWA’s think tank in May 1999 in recognition of the need for a conservative organization solely devoted to conducting quality research on issues of concern to women. Believing in the unity of truth, the Institute recognizes the power of good data and analysis to inform and substantiate policy positions. Before coming to BLI, Dr. Crouse was President of Crouse Communications, a public relations and political analysis firm serving organizations in the United States and throughout the world. Dr. Crouse directed the work of the Ecumenical Coalition on Women and Society, a project of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. Through ECWS, she drafted, edited and produced the Christian Women’s Declaration and spearheaded the development and execution of IRD’s Washington Summit, a conference for women leaders. Previously she was the Project Director for the ECWS team attending the 1995 Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing. In addition, she produced the Beijing Bulletin, an analysis of the events of the conference that was faxed daily to over 1250 opinion leaders in the United States. In addition to her work in preparation for the conference, analyzing the issues related to the Platform and planning strategy for influencing the conference, Dr. Crouse served as the stateside contact person and spokesperson. She also helped lead team to the 1998 World United Methodist Women’s Assembly. Dr. Crouse co-led a six-member team to the World Council of Churches Eighth Assembly in Harare, Zimbabwe. She attends and writes daily commentaries on United Nations meetings and national political conventions.
Previously, Dr. Crouse was Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Taylor University where, among other duties, she was responsible for faculty development and academic programs for a 94-member faculty. She was formerly Professor and Debate Coach at Asbury College and at Ball State University where she was selected as a mentor teacher and her debate team was ranked in the top ten nationally. She received a National Community Leadership Award from the United States Chamber of Commerce. She is a former Woman of the Year and is listed in Who’s Who Among American Women. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Asbury College. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Good News. She serves on four national Task Forces and Coalitions on national and international issues: Against Sexual Trafficking, Against Abuse of Women, Promoting Human Rights, and Promoting Religious Freedom.
Through her speaking and writing, Dr. Crouse addresses the need to strengthen those cultural institutions that instill values in our nation’s citizens – family, church, school and community. The National Press Club’s compendium of experts describes Dr. Crouse as having “brought insight, keen perception and wisdom to domestic, family, political and women’s issues since the early 1990s as a Presidential speechwriter for Bush 41, United Nations delegate, think tank fellow, television commentator, speaker, author and columnist. Her common sense, refreshing honesty and intriguing perspective on cultural and political issues expose spin to reveal truth in a way that has earned respect and made her a popular cultural analyst. Known for applying her strong intellect and articulating her solid faith with candor and humor, she is a conservative leader who appeals across ideological and religious barriers.”
Mother’s Day is often associated with the Biblical verse that is called the “first commandment with a promise.” The Fifth Commandment requires Christians to honor their father and mother “so that you may live long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” [Exodus 20:12]. Florists tell us that more flowers are sent on Mother’s Day than at any time during the year. Most people love their mother, even those whose mother is undeserving of that love. And, most mothers love their children, though there are plenty of instances where mothers are hurtful and even abusive.
There is an “emerging consensus” that we are headed for a Value-Added Tax (VAT) in the United States. But the more optimistic among the experts and pundits believe it won’t come until after the 2012 election and then only if President Obama is reelected.
Americans are learning that ObamaCare will pile on insurmountable debt and cause government to encroach on every area of our lives. ObamaCare is, as Yuval Levin said, an “unmitigated disaster –– for our health care system, for our fiscal future, and for any notion of limited government.”
There’s a quiet revolution happening on the nation’s school and college campuses. While the students still live in a sex-saturated culture, and while researchers claim that at least 75 percent of college students are part of the “hook-up” generation, more and more students are opting out of the sex scene.
According to Ronald Reagan, the American taxpayer is someone who works for the federal government without having to pass the civil service examination. That is truer today than in Reagan’s day.
At a recent press conference at the National Press Club, scholars from Princeton’s Witherspoon Institute sounded an alarm telling the nation that pornography is more prevalent and more harmful than most people realize.
ost of the arguments supporting the health care reform bill just passed by the Democrats in Congress were myths.
What we’re seeing in Washington, D.C. is not “politics as usual” with the arm twisting and “horse trading” that is typical in getting a bill passed; instead, it is ideological warfare.
Those who oppose same-sex “marriage” are called by derogatory labels: bigot, narrow-minded, hate-filled among the nicest. Such name-calling obscures the very real problems associated with watering down and denigrating traditional marriage.
Concerned Women for America (CWA) had an historic opportunity recently to debate the proposition, “This House would decriminalize prostitution” at the world-renowned Oxford Union Debates.
Currently, the Georgia state legislature is considering a bill (S.B. 304) that would decriminalize the prostitution of children. Those supporting the bill are very well-meaning and want to protect children.
President Obama’s 2011 federal budget, a nearly $4 TRILLION monstrosity, includes an increase of $117 million for domestic violence programs –– a 22 percent increase.
A simple truth has been proven through countless relationships through decades and decades: Promiscuous sex impairs the ability to bond.
It doesn’t take a mathematical genius to realize that youths are spending more time with media than in any other of their daily activities. Only three in ten of these youngsters have rules regarding their use of media.
The President promised the moon, but said nothing for which he could be held accountable. He did a brilliant job of giving the impression that he was addressing issues, but in case after case one could only wonder about the particulars.
Everybody is talking about what Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts means for 2010 and 2012. Will the recent spectacular and surprising GOP victories be short-lived phenomena or a major revolution?
Over the New Year’s holiday, we had a movie marathon, watching three movies back-to-back on the new Blu-ray player that we gave ourselves for Christmas.
Peggy Noonan’s recent Wall Street Journal article about President Obama, quoting various people who have associated firsthand with him, reminds me of another strong, charismatic personality.
Every time I write about marriage, I hear from readers who lament their sexless marriages.
These fundamental principles of the faith — that are central to the Judeo-Christian tradition — are mainstream values with a proven and glorious history
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