Brigid Schulte

Director, Better Life Lab and The Good Life Initiative

Brigid Schulte is the director of the Better Life Lab and The Good Life initiative at New America. 

Brigid is a journalist and author, who writes widely for publications including The Washington Post, Slate, Time.com, the Guardian and others. She was a long-time staff writer for the Washington Post and Washington Post magazine, where she won a number of reporting and writing awards and was part of the team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Her 2014 New York Times bestselling book, Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time (Sarah Crichton Books/FSG) was named a Washington Post and NPR notable nonfiction book of the year, was translated into a number of languages, including Russian, Portuguese and Korean, and helped spark a national conversation about overwork, burnout, productivity, busyness, gender roles, the toll that outdated policies and cultural attitudes are taking on modern lives, and how to move forward. She is a sought-out voice on work-life, productivity and gender issues. She has spoken at events around the globe, been quoted as an expert or featured in numerous publications, including Forbes, Fortune, the Atlantic, The Times of London, Macleans, the Irish Times, The Financial Times and Fast Company, and has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, the Katie Couric Show, MSNBC, CNN, Morning Joe, the BBC, CBC, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, NPR’s Morning Edition, Tell Me More, On Point, the Diane Rehm Show, the Leonard Lopate Show, the Bob Edwards Show, Efecto Naim with Moises Naim, the Australian Broadcast Company, and other television and radio programs.

A native of Oregon, Brigid has a BA in English and modern languages from the University of Portland, and an MS from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, Tom Bowman, who covers the military for NPR, and their two children. Growing up, she spent her summers in Wyoming on her family’s sheep ranch, where she did not feel so overwhelmed.

All Work

BETTER LIFE LAB
The Optimal Duration of Paid Family Leave

Brigid Schulte wrote for Slate about paid-family leave.


BETTER LIFE LAB
Paid Family Leave: How Much Time Is Enough?

Why job-protected family leave is good for health and business--and why current leave polices are just not good enough.


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Your Work May Be Killing You

Living to work isn't living at all.


BETTER LIFE LAB
The Better Work Toolkit

Science-based tools to help you balance work and life.


Introduction: Fairness, Feminism, and the Female Experience

There's much work yet to be done to create fair, just, and egalitarian societies for women as well as men.


BETTER LIFE LAB
'Good for Business': Investing in Child Care Pays off in the End

Brigid Schulte was quoted in WTOP about the Care Report as part of a five-part series.


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Flexible, Family-Friendly Work Policies are More Popular than Ever. So Why are we Still so Stressed Out?

In an article for Quartz, Brigid Schulte explores what is being done to solve the problem of high-stress workplace cultures.


Beyond Inbox Zero

Although overworking is not new in the U.S., in some ways, it seems to be hitting critical mass.


BETTER LIFE LAB and NEW AMERICA NYC
Unequal from Birth

While other developed countries have invested in high-quality early care and learning infrastructure, the U.S. is woefully behind.


BETTER LIFE LAB
New Report Finds That Child Care In America Doesn’t Work

Brigid Schulte wrote for the Huffington Post about the New America Care Report and the future of child care in America.


BETTER LIFE LAB
Quora: Brigid Schulte

Brigid Schulte answered questions on work-life integration, work effectiveness, and gender for Quora.


BETTER LIFE LAB and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Where Childcare Is an Economic Engine

Brigid Schulte wrote in The Atlantic about child care in Georgia.