Ashley writes and speaks widely about religious freedom, Catholicism, and women. She has appeared on CNN, CNN International, CBS News, Fox News, PBS, The History Channel, HuffPo Live, ABC/Yahoo News Live, EWTN, and the BBC, and her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, First Things, the Claremont Review of Books, and the Huffington Post, among others. She is a frequent contributor to the Washington Post's religion blog, On Faith, and to National Review Online.

She is the founder and editor-in-chief of AltCatholicah, a web magazine devoted to the exploration of faith and gender, a 2011 recipient of the Phillips Foundation Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship, and the first ever Richard John Neuhaus Fellow at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and daughter.

Celebrities Are Coming Out of the Closet About Faith

Mark Zuckerberg is a believer. When the Facebook founder and CEO issued Christmas and Hanukah wishes to his followers, he got a reply asking him if he was still an atheist. To which Zuckerberg replied with a “no,” saying that after years of soul-searching, he now believes that “religion is very important.” He didn’t elaborate, … Continued


Our Top Five Female Celebrities of 2016

Another year is drawing to a close, and everyone is making their ‘best of’ lists. Last week’s Financial Times featured its Women of the Year, all of whom were, of course, serious players on the world stage like British Prime Minister Teresa May. But it got me thinking about the celebrity women who rarely get … Continued


Is There a Reality TV “Divorce Curse?”

Another reality television marriage flops. Specifically, the marriage of Tarek and Christina El Moussa of the house-flipping reality show, “Flip or Flop.” For the past week, the dramatic unraveling of their marriage, which apparently involved him chasing her out of their home with a gun and the oh-so-common nanny affair, has been splashed across both … Continued

Culture, Television

Why Don’t More People Teach Manners?

As I was walking out the door of a CVS last week, a woman walked right into a man standing in place and kept going without a word. The man was visibly perturbed, and finally after a few seconds asked with exasperation, “Could you please just say ‘I’m sorry?’” He sounded desperate, as if in … Continued


Why You Shouldn’t Buy Your Child a Hatchimal

“What the what?” That’s about the only response I could muster when someone sent me an article about parents writing their kids a note from “Santa” apologizing in advance for the fact that some kind of toy called a “Hatchimal” was temporarily out of stock. Apparently I am out of the toy loop, because despite … Continued


Five Life Lessons from ‘The Brady Bunch’

It only fits that Florence Henderson of The Brady Bunch passed away on Thanksgiving. Described almost universally as the “upbeat” mom of the hit series, her death came on a holiday long-revered by Americans for its emphasis on family—although, post-election, this Thanksgiving didn’t have the most Brady Bunch feel to it. As my family made … Continued

Entertainment, Television

Why My Daughter’s School Canceled Thanksgiving

Buckle in for another season of P.C. wars over the holidays. Although it’s not yet December, Starbucks already had its annual Christmas cup kerfuffle after releasing a green cup featuring a cluster of happy people with the express purpose, according to the coffee chain, of being “a symbol of unity, and to encourage us to … Continued


Prince Harry Reminds the World What Chivalry Looks Like

Feeling a little down on humanity right now? Allow me to draw your attention to Prince Harry! But first, unfortunately, I have to remind you once more of some of humanity’s less-than-desirable behavior. Prince Harry’s new girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subjected to bullying and abuse because of her ethnicity and background. Markle, a star … Continued