Keeping it Real…in an Increasingly Virtual World

In many ways, technology is a woman’s best friend. New technologies have completely altered the options for women trying to balance work and family life, facilitated the creation of millions of home-based businesses, and provided new communication pathways that help women stay in touch with loved ones, engage in politics, shop, and access educational services. Yet the expansion of the virtual world has also created new challenges and problems, such as protecting our children from inappropriate content and a decline in actual person-to-person relationships, leaving many feeling isolated.

Join IWF for cocktails and light bites as we dive into the upsides and downsides of new technologies and their particular impacts on society. It promises to be a lively conversation you don’t want to miss!



Naomi Schaefer Riley

In addition to being an IWF Senior Fellow, Ms. Riley is a former columnist for the New York Post and a former Wall Street Journaleditor and writer, as well as the author of six books, including, Be the Parent, Please: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat. 

Her book, Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America (Oxford, 2013), was named an editor’s pick by the New York Times Book Review.

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 and CNBC. She has also appeared on Q&A with Brian Lamb as well as the Today Show.

She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in English and Government. She lives in the suburbs of New York with her husband, Jason, and their three children.

Christine Rosen

Christine Rosen is one of the founding editors of The New Atlantis, where she now serves as senior editor and writes about the social and cultural impact of technology, as well as bioethics and the history of genetics. She is working on her forthcoming book, The Extinction of Experience, to be published by W.W. Norton.

Ms. Rosen’s past books include Preaching Eugenics: Religious Leaders and the American Eugenics Movement (Oxford Univ. Press, 2004) and My Fundamentalist Education (Public Affairs, 2005). She has co-authored several other books and was the editor of Acculturated, a web magazine dedicated to pop culture and the virtues. She also writes a monthly column about cultural issues for Commentary magazine.

Ms. Rosen’s essays and reviews have appeared in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, The American Historical Review, and The New England Journal of Medicine. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Emory University. She lives with her children in Washington, D.C.



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