Ann Friedman

Ann Friedman is a columnist for New York magazine's website and for the Columbia Journalism Review. She also makes pie charts for The Hairpin and Los Angeles magazine. Her work has appeared in ELLE, Esquire, Newsweek, The Observer, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and many other outlets. She lives in Los Angeles, but travels so often the best place to find her is online at

Recent Articles


A BLUE-RIBBON DAY FOR THE WORLD BANK. Having managed to do what leaders of the world's great nations could or would not do, the World Bank Staff Association deserves a global day of thanksgiving for having managed to drive Bank president and Iraq War proponent Paul Wolfowitz from the helm of that mighty ship of multiple states. It was at the staff level that the revolt against Wolfowitz began, organized through the staff association, the closing thing to a union the Bank will allow. To think it all began with the distribution of blue ribbons. (Read Sridhar Pappu 's delicious WaPo piece for the lowdown on the sartorial scheme to drive the neo-con to neo-gone.) Before the new millennium dawned, I worked at the World Bank, as an "independent contractor" for a year-long stint, and later did an editorial job for one of its divisions. (For fuller disclosure, there's a riff on my blog about this.) Even though I did not qualify for membership for the staff association, I nonetheless found its...


A GREAT PIECE . ...from one of those American feminists who supposedly don't care about Islamic women. -- Ann Friedman


COULD RUDY FORCE G.O.P. CRACK-UP? If Religious Right founder and direct-mail kingpin Richard Viguerie has anything to say about it, a Giuliani nomination might do just that. Yesterday, I received a press release from Mr. Viguerie, who threatens, "It's Rudy or the G.O.P. We're in a political version of 'The Survivor,' and both cannot survive politically": "If the Republican Party nominates Rudy Giuliani as its candidate for either president or vice president, I will personally work to defeat the GOP ticket in 2008," says Richard A. Viguerie, author of Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause . "Rudy Giuliani is wrong on all of the social issues, is wrong on the Second Amendment, and is pretty much a blank slate on all other issues of importance to conservatives," Viguerie adds. "If the Republican Party nominates him, it is saying to the American people that it has lost all purpose except the raw political desire to...


HILLARY THE REALIGNER. My column for the Baltimore Sun this week is about unmarried women and how pivotal they will be to the Democrats' electoral prospects. I have taken to likening them to what evangelicals are to the GOP. A couple months ago, Hillary Clinton 's national campaign chairman, Terry McAuliffe , gave a speech at my university, and in a (public) event before the speech with a small group of students he said very frankly that they will be targeting women under 35. Some of these women are married, of course, but many are not; in any case, they tend to be undermobilized. And, given that significant mobilization of new voters is a necessary condition to any realignment, I am led to ask this question: Is Hillary -- despite the notion that she takes the Democrats backwards and keeps the country mired in generational culture wars -- actually the Democrat most likely to engender (yes, pun intended) a realignment? If she were not Hillary, of course, as the most centrist candidate...


COSTS OF WAR. An American soldier's life: $250,000 . An Iraqi civilian's life: $500 . Crushing terrorism and building democracy: Priceless. -- Ann Friedman