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and helped spark a national conversation about overwork, burnout, productivity, busyness, gender roles, the toll that outdated policies and cultural attitudes are taking on modern lives, and how to move forward.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
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.


BETTER LIFE LAB
Rating The United States On Child Care

Brigid Schulte was on the Diane Rehm Show to discuss the New America Care Report.


BETTER LIFE LAB
Watch: Care in America

The Care Index offers new information on the cost, quality, and availability of child care in the United States.


BETTER LIFE LAB
The Care Report

The New America Care Report examines the cost, quality, and availability of child care across the United States


BETTER LIFE LAB and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
The New America Care Report

How the child care system in America became so broken—and what we need to do to fix it.


BETTER LIFE LAB
How the Fight for Paid Leave Has Quietly Become One of the Most Successful Movements of Our Time

Brigid Schulte was quoted in Slate about why the paid family leave movement is gaining traction.


BETTER LIFE LAB
Why Are We So Busy?

Brigid Schulte appeared on WYPR, the NPR station in Baltimore, talking about the Cult of Busyness and overwork culture.


BETTER LIFE LAB
The toxic myth that working moms fail their kids is fueled by decades-old bad science

Brigid Schulte appeared in a documentary on the Mommy Wars.


BETTER LIFE LAB
Changing Roles And Workplace Policies For Fathers

Brigid Schulte was on the Diane Rehm Show discussing changing roles and workplace policies for fathers.


BETTER LIFE LAB
A Modern Family Leave Policy In America

Brigid Schulte was interviewed about her recent op-ed on paid family leave by Wisconsin Public Radio.


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