Gracy Olmstead
Gracy Olmstead
Gracy Olmstead
Gracy Olmstead is associate managing editor at The Federalist and the Thursday editor of BRIGHT, a weekly newsletter for women. Her writings can also be found at The American Conservative, The Week, Christianity Today, Acculturated, The University Bookman, and Catholic Rural Life.
The Women’s March Should Welcome Pro-Life Women, Not Shun Them

The march’s website says ‘defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.’ There’s not a pro-life woman out there who would disagree.

Millions Of Americans Don’t Side With Either Political Party, And That’s A Good Thing

If the left-right spectrum collapses in coming years, it may offer us a unique opportunity to ally around other things that matter to us.

Why I’m Only Listening To And Reading Old Things In 2017

This year saw an endless onslaught of new stories, new books, new TV shows, new music. It’s time to recharge, and enjoy some of the treasures of the past.

Hygge Helps Explain Millennials’ Longing For Reenchantment

Americans’ desire for the Scandinavian concept of ‘coziness’ indicates a spiritual longing, one that speaks to the shortcomings of our demystified culture.

Maybe It’s Time To Redefine What It Means For Women To ‘Have It All’

What if we don’t want to be CEOs at Fortune 500 companies, Supreme Court justices, or the next U.S. president? What if our ambitions involve kids?

The Progressive Echo Chamber Explained In One Roundtable

When The New Republic published a discussion of Obama’s legacy, the conversation fixated on questions of race and gender—with one notable exception.

This Christmas, Let’s Take A Break From Social Media

There’s nothing wrong with occasional Facebook posting and Twitter statuses. But Christmas is about embodiment: it calls for presence.

How To Stop Despairing Over World Suffering And Start Addressing It

It’s easy to feel guilty or overwhelmed in the face of worldwide hurting and violence. But no matter our resources, there are ways we can help.

‘Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life’ May Satisfy Fans, But It’s No Classic

The show gives needed closure and depth in some of its most important relationships. It’s good, enjoyable, funny. But the ending ultimately disappoints.

Why Thanksgiving Is More Important Than Ever This Year

It’s tempting to avoid the people who annoy us, who might judge or look down on us. But Thanksgiving is about seeking peace, despite our differences.

Last Night’s ‘Hamilton’ Performance Showed Us How Far We Have To Go

When Vice President-elect Mike Pence attended the hit musical last night, audience members—and the cast itself—refused to show any respect or empathy.

‘The Crown’ Reminds Us Why Constitutional Monarchy Is Awesome

Netflix’s new drama considers Elizabeth II’s early reign, and the difficulties she confronts in a post-World War II world.

5 Things Trump’s Surprise Victory Should Teach The Media

This election showed us how insulated our echo chamber has become. Journalists must begin making an effort to listen to opinions besides their own.

10 Ways To Help A Military Family Going Through A Deployment

Deployments can be a lonely and fearful time for homebound spouses and children. Here are a few ways you can make those months of separation less difficult.

Stop Shaming Women For Enjoying Making A Home For Their Husbands

Feminists often make the mistake of equating domesticity with servitude. But if women enjoy cooking for their families, they shouldn’t abandon the kitchen.

‘Jane the Virgin’ Decided to Introduce Abortion, And It Was Awful

The show could have approached the topic of abortion with thoughtfulness. Instead, tragically, ‘Jane the Virgin’ makes light of it.

7 Things Voters Should Care About Besides Trump Vs. Hillary

If you don’t want to vote for Clinton or Trump, don’t take that as an excuse to stay home on November 8. There are still important issues to weigh in on.

2016’s Terrors Come From Trusting Presidents More Than We Trust God

Christians should appeal to the disillusioned and fearful on left and right, showing them that no president can fix our collective problems.

10 Things I Wish I’d Done My Freshman Year Of College

Today’s college students are stressed and anxious. We can’t always remove stress from our lives, but we can equip ourselves to handle it better. Here’s how.

Why Millennials Like Outsider Candidates Like Ron Paul, Not Like Donald Trump

Trump has offered millennials plenty of #sorrynotsorry moments over the course of his campaign, but he doesn’t quite appeal to their #nofilter aesthetic.