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Natalie Cassase
Natalie Cassase
December 2, 2022 - 4 minutes
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Independent Women’s Network Launches Bismarck, ND Chapter

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Independent Women’s Network (IWN), the national grassroots community activist arm of Independent Women’s Voice, celebrated the launch of its Bismarck, North Dakota Chapter. This chapter joins 16 chapters around the country and an online community of more than 32,000 IWN members.

The Chapter Leaders are Margot Knorr and Lori Hinz, the North Dakota GOP RNC National Committeewoman.

Sandra Sanford, the second lady of North Dakota, celebrated the launch of the chapter and highlighted the importance of the chapter’s initial goals to focus on defending women’s spaces and rights. “Women have only had the right to vote for 102 years in America since the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution,” she said. “Women have only had the right to equal access in education and sports for 50 years since the enactment of Title IX. We cannot give up the ground that has been gained toward equality from these monumental efforts by our foremothers. It’s imperative a Women’s Bill of Rights is established to ensure the 100+ years of efforts weren’t in vain and to secure her place today and into the future.”

Chapter leader Margo Knorr, a former track and field star at North Dakota State, is concerned about efforts to erase women as a legal category and is eager to advocate for protecting fair play and keeping women’s sports female. 

“I am thrilled to be a small part of making a difference for women and have been fortunate enough to have many women in this state who have impacted my life,” said Knorr. “I hope to pay that forward. As a four time All-American, many opportunities that were made available to me that only a generation prior were only available to men. I never want to lose sight of that progress or let it dissolve. We have strong, compassionate women leaders across the state looking forward to networking and creating statewide synergies by becoming an Independent Woman Network chapter here in North Dakota. We are encouraging women to come join our network and be a part of our community and efforts to preserving what it means to be an Independent Woman.”

IWN was created to build a supportive community for women and to give them the tools they need to make a positive difference in their neighborhoods and our country.  

“We heard from thousands of women from across the country who said they wanted a community where they could connect, share ideas, and take action,” said IWN’s Carrie Lukas. “We launched the Independent Women’s Network to stand shoulder to shoulder with women who are ready to turn our economy around and fight to save our freedoms by countering the woke mob and standing up to cancel culture and out-of-touch bureaucrats.”

An engaging and growing community of independently-minded women work together to advance shared principles through chapter gatherings and the IWN online movement. Membership to IWN opens access to message boards, curated news, smart content, a resource center, exclusive events, and an action center.

“IWN members are happy warriors who stand up to bullies – bullies with positions in school boards; bullies on social media; bullies in corporations and in politics,” said IWN Director Julie Gunlock. “We support one another, and our members are not alone when they stand up to lead on issues critical to our country.”

Members of the community who are interested in joining Independent Women’s Network should email IWN Membership Director Jenny Avis ([email protected]) or visit for more information.


Independent Women’s Network, a project of Independent Women’s Voice, in partnership with Independent Women’s Forum, is a positive, supportive community of engaged, informed, and activated women working together to inspire, interact, influence, and have impact.

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