Beverly LaHaye (April 30, 1929 - )
Beverly LaHaye is a Christian, conservative activist and the founder of Concerned Women for American. She founded the organization in 1979 in San Diego and currently serves as its Chair. Concerned Women for America (CWA) is the nation's largest public policy women's organization. Its mission is to protect and promote Biblical values among all citizens through prayer, education, and influencing society in order to reverse the decline in the nation's moral values. Concerned Women for America focuses on seven core issues that include: sanctity of lie, defense of family, education, religious liberty, national sovereignty, sexual exploitation, and support for Israel.
The Beverly LaHaye Institute (BLI), CWA's think tank and research arm, was founded In May 1999. BLI conducts research and produces analysis and commentary on a variety of social issues from a traditional, pro-family perspective. Its goal is "to help preserve and strengthen marriage and the natural family, to celebrate the value of life, and to undergird the Judeo-Christian foundation of American culture." The Institute publishes literature reviews, opinion editorials, reports, and monographs. It sponsors policy forums, provides legislative testimony, and compiles and analyzes social science behavioral data with an emphasis on women's well being.
CWA's accomplishments in 2013 includes launching the "Willing" campaign, which "empowers young people to stand up for God's principles in an increasingly hostile culture." CWA Executive Director and Senior Fellow Dr. Janice Crouse received the World Congress of Families International "2012 Woman of the Year" Award.
LaHaye is also an author whose books include The Spirit-Controlled Woman and The Desires of a Woman's Heart. She co-wrote The Act of Marriage: The Beauty of Sexual Love in 1976 with her husband Timothy LaHaye.
LaHaye was born in 1929 Detroit, Michigan and was educated at Bob Jones University in South Carolina. Liberty University awarded her an honorary Doctorate of Humanities in 1992.