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and helped spark a national conversation about overwork, burnout, productivity, busyness, gender roles, the toll that outdated policies and cultural attitudes are taking on modern lives, and how to move forward.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
New Research: Even in the Harshest Conditions, Women Outlive Men

Is it nature or nurture? Brigid Schulte interviews the author of new research on the Better Life Blog on Slate to find out.


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Experts Reveal What Makes for a Happier Holiday. Hint: It’s Not More Stuff.

Brigid Schulte talks to happiness researchers on how to make the most of what can be the most stressful time of year.


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Thanksgiving took me and my marriage to the brink. Here’s how we came back from it

Brigid Schulte writes about the often infuriating gendered division of labor


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Flexible Work Alone Won’t Create Gender Equality, but These Things Might

For Flex-It week, Brigid Schulte writes about research that shows flexible work, puzzlingly, both does and doesn’t promote gender equality.


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Three Reasons We Can’t Be Trusted to Set Our Own Work Schedules, and What to Do About It

Brigid Schulte has the flexibility to set her own schedule. So why is she working on Sunday? It has something to do with the “planning falla


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There’s No Excuse for All-Male Panels. Here’s How to Fix Them.

Brigid Schulte writes for the Better Life Lab Blog on Slate about diversifying all-male panels.


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Beyond Life Hacks

It’s time we move beyond the usual recommendations for work-life balance and highlight the big changes we need.


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Imagining an Egalitarian World: A Response to Steven E. Rhoads

Brigid Schulte takes on an academic who argues that workplaces and social policy don’t need to change.


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The Optimal Duration of Paid Family Leave

Brigid Schulte wrote for Slate about paid-family leave.


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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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The Case Against Maternity Leave

Brigid Schulte writes that gender-neutral policies foster equality.


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Why Your Best Productivity Hacks Still Come Up Short (And What Really Needs To Change)

Humans are shaped by their environments, Brigid Schulte writes in Fast Company. So change is less about individual lifehacks and willpower.