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.

What Duchess Kate Understands About Motherhood

“Three is the new two!” That is an actual expression where I live in northwest Washington, D.C. In a world where children are treated like an accessory for elites to display, some people have gotten it into their heads that if you can actually afford to have a third child, it’s a way to signal … Continued


How Sleep Became the New Status Symbol

I am tired. I have a five-year-old, a two-year-old, and a three-month-old, and I work, so it only makes sense. But other people are tired too, busy with their jobs and their kids and their various family and social obligations. You don’t have to look far to find a study or a statistic that finds … Continued


Facebook Fear-Mongering About Risks to Kids Ruins Summer

Has your Facebook feed been filled with scary articles warning about “dry drowning” this summer? Mine too. “Dry drowning” and “secondary drowning” happens when a kid dies later on from complications related to getting water into his or her lungs. It’s also not a real thing. According to a newswire sent out this summer by the … Continued


Why the World Needs Tinder for Moms

The other day at the park, I overheard one mom plainly ask another mom if she wanted to be friends. The other mom heartily agreed. “Yay, a new friend!” the first mom gleefully exclaimed. The exchange was a bit embarrassing to overhear, as it was quite similar to interactions I often hear between my four-year-old … Continued


The Latest Overhyped Danger to Your Children? Walking

Did you give your stroller away when your kids turned five or six? Well start asking for it back; if you have young teens, you’re gonna need it. Apparently, we are now to believe that kids younger than fourteen cannot cross the street without a grown-up. This comes after the leading organization of American pediatricians, … Continued


Box Baby

A baby in a box? That’s what some states in the U.S. are starting to encourage, following the success of a campaign in Finland that gives new moms a literal box for their newborns. The primary goal of the baby box campaign both here and abroad is health-related. In Finland, the box program is designed … Continued


How One Woman Planned Her Wedding in Only Five Days

Could you plan a wedding in five days? My guess is that most people would answer that question with a laugh. But my friend and former colleague did exactly that with both class and gusto. When I first saw The New York Times article, “I Planned My Wedding in Five Days. You Could, Too” float … Continued