Naomi Schaefer Riley is a weekly columnist for the New York Post and a former Wall Street Journal editor and writer whose work focuses on higher education, religion, philanthropy and culture. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum.

Ms. Riley's writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the LA Times, and the Washington Post, among other publications. She appears regularly on FoxNews and FoxBusiness. She has also appeared on Q&A with Brian Lamb as well as the Today Show.

Pipelines, Politics, and Suicide

Of all the depressing statistics that one could report about Native Americans—the highest rate of poverty of any racial group, the highest rates of gang violence, sexual assault rates at 2.5 times the national average—perhaps none is as disturbing as this: Suicide is the second leading cause of death for males between the ages of … Continued


The New York Times’ Favorite Abortion Doctor

In order to lighten the mood, Willie J. Parker loves to talk about Alabama football while he is performing abortions. The board-certified obstetrician believes that “rather than allowing your fear to amplify any sensation you’re having, you’re having a conversation with me . . .” He calls it “verbicaine.” Parker’s folksy attitude was on full … Continued

Culture, Politics

In Defense of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day has come in for a lot of abuse in recent years. It is overly commercialized—CVS puts out those heart-shaped boxes of chocolates the first week in January; parents are pressured to buy Snoopy cards for a whole classroom full of second-graders; restaurants jack up their prices, even as their food gets worse. Valentine’s … Continued


Should Your Parents Help You Pay Your Rent?

When I was offered a job as a low-level editor at a magazine in New York two decades ago, I went through what I thought was an unusual negotiation with my parents. They wanted me to live in a good neighborhood in an apartment with a doorman and a short walk from a subway stop, … Continued


The Cohabitation Lie

About fifteen years ago, I knew a woman who wanted to get married. Okay, I knew a lot more than one. But this particular woman had been dating a guy for a couple of years. She was pushing thirty and she thought it was time for a ring, but he did not. To those of … Continued


Why We Should Stop Drugging Our Kids

Maybe it’s time to stop drugging our children. A new study from the Medical Journal of Australia has found that the youngest kids in any given class are twice as likely to be receiving medication for behavioral disorders as the older kids in the class. And the proportion of boys receiving such medication was three … Continued


Forget Milo. Why Not Have Real Debates on College Campuses?

Sure, blame it on the ninjas. A speech by Milo Yiannopoulos had to be cancelled Wednesday night in Berkeley, California, because, according to a UC Berkeley spokesman, “This university was essentially invaded by more than 100 individuals clad in ninja-like uniforms who were armed and engaged in paramilitary tactics,” Mr. Dan Mogulof said. “They were … Continued


Are Smartphones Causing Spike in Depression Among Teen Girls?

What will it take for us to turn off our phones? A study published in the December issue of Pediatrics found that depression rates among adolescents and teens had increased significantly over the past decade. As one parenting magazine summarized the findings: “Using data from the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, researchers found … Continued


Why Critics Ignored This Novel’s Approach to Abortion

The forty-fourth annual March for Life takes place in Washington, D.C., tomorrow, and many of the marchers will be in a celebratory mood. It’s not only that one of President Trump’s top advisers will be speaking at the march; it’s also that abortion rates are the lowest they have been since 1973, when the U.S. … Continued

Books, Culture