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.

What’s Funny About a Diversity Program for Comedy? Nothing!

Ladies and gentlemen, mark your calendars. On January 18, CBS is hosting its Annual Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase in Los Angeles. They are looking for “Male or female, 18+, open ethnicity… focused on African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Latinx, Native American performers, performers with disabilities, and LGBTQ performers with an emphasis on individuals with extensive … Continued


Moral Preening in the World of Philanthropy

In a recent interview with the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Grant Oliphant, president of the Heinz Endowments, explained that many of of the nonprofit leaders receiving money from his foundation “feel muzzled… Many feel they can’t or shouldn’t speak up.” Oliphant says that foundation leaders and philanthropists need to set an example: “Our grantees are watching … Continued


Today, Even Snow Pants are Accused of Promoting Toxic Masculinity

“If we are serious about tackling the toxic masculinity which persists in our culture, we must look at the images we market to our children.” That’s the message that mother Angela Nickerson sends to Lands’ End this season in an open letter she published on Medium.com. The company, which last year featured an extensive interview … Continued


This is Why Your Kids Don’t Play Outside

If you want to know who is in charge in American households, look no further than a recent survey by Gallup. When parents were asked how they wanted kids to spend their time, sixty-two percent said they would like the kids to be playing outside and only twelve percent said they should be using electronic … Continued


Will House-Flipping Shows Redeem Themselves?

Is flipping houses a good thing or a bad thing? That’s the question that more and more observers have been asking about the skyrocketing popularity of shows like House Hunters, Property Brothers, Flip or Flop or the spate of other mostly HGTV programs airing these days. The most obvious criticism of these shows is that … Continued


Guys, You Don’t Need a ‘Daddymoon.’ You Need to Grow Up

Is anyone truly ready to become a parent? From the sleepless nights to the constant demands of a crying infant—a nurse once told me that caring for a baby is a little like being a veterinarian since the child can’t really tell you what’s wrong—to the replacement of adult conversation with mindboggling toddler chats, life … Continued


Why I’ll Miss Lord & Taylor

Clothing stores come and go and for the most part I don’t notice. But this week, Lord & Taylor announced it would be closing its flagship store on Fifth Avenue, selling the building to a startup called WeWork and leasing back a small portion of the space for its pared-down operation. The store, with its … Continued


What Those Anti-Bullying Ads Fail to Understand About Human Nature

It takes a village to stop a bully. This seems to be the implication of a couple of recent PSAs—one by Burger King and one by Monica Lewinsky—which show how people react when someone nearby them starts to say mean things about someone else. In the Burger King video, a high school freshman is harassed … Continued