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.

Can’t Sleep? Blame the Patriarchy

It’s been nearly two weeks since we changed the clocks in our household for Daylight Saving Time and we are still not over it. No one wants to go to bed on time. No one wants to get up in the dark. Hey Congress, the kids want their hour back! It is times like this … Continued


Why is ‘Sesame Street’s’ New Muppet with Autism a Girl?

Welcome Julia! Julia is Sesame Street’s new autistic character, and she will be making her debut in April, which is Autism Awareness Month, to seemingly universal approval from both parents and experts. Scott Badesch, president and CEO of the Autism Society of America, says that “they got it right.” Badesch, whose son has autism, was … Continued

Culture, Television

Anne Hathaway Achieves Enlightenment—Sort of

Apparently fish do need bicycles. That might be the conclusion from Anne Hathaway’s recent interview with Elle. The actress who seems to have it all—a blockbuster career and a lovely family—told the magazine that her husband Adam Shulman “changed my ability to be in the world comfortably. I think the accepted narrative now is that … Continued


Why So Many Pop Songs Kick Men to the Curb

“Mister Right could be nice for one night But then he wanna take control And I would rather fly solo” Those are the lyrics that my 10-year-old daughter walked off the school bus singing a couple of weeks ago. They come from a song released last year called “Sit Still, Look Pretty” from a singer … Continued

Culture, Music

How Trump Became Public Radio’s Favorite Fundraising Tool

“Don’t let them destroy us!” That was the plea from Brian Lehrer, a morning host on New York’s public radio station, WNYC, last week. It was pledge drive week and the rhetoric on air always gets a little dramatic. It was ramped up this time because the station wanted to raise the same amount of … Continued


What “A Day Without a Woman” Reveals About Childcare in the U.S.

“Domestic work makes all other work possible.” This statement from the United Nations’ “Progress of the World’s Women” released last year has a lot of truth to it. If there’s no one to watch the children—whether it’s a parent or another caregiver—no one can go out into the world and be productive. But if we … Continued


The Hypocrisy of Tenured Radicals

Who is to blame for the sorry state of higher education? There is no shortage of answers to this question. But the Chronicle of Higher Education, the trade publication of professional academics, is probably not the place to look for them. So it was a little surprising when, a couple of weeks ago, the editors … Continued


Actually, Americans are Becoming More Tolerant About Religion

The country is becoming more intolerant; hate crimes are rampant. Donald Trump’s election is a sign that more Americans don’t trust people who are different from themselves. These are the mantras we hear repeated on cable news and public radio from morning ‘til night—which makes a new study released by Pew last week kind of … Continued


Schooling Novelist Lucinda Rosenfeld About Public Education

Even the best satirists have blind spots. That’s the lesson from Lucinda Rosenfeld’s new novel, Class. The story of Karen Kipple, a white liberal Brooklyn mother whose principles are constantly being tested by the realities around her, the novel is a great send-up of a certain segment of New York. Kipple sends her daughter to … Continued

Books, Culture