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and helped spark a national conversation about overwork, burnout, productivity, busyness, gender roles, the toll that outdated policies and cultural attitudes are taking on modern lives, and how to move forward.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

Brigid Schulte was covered in Beyond about work-life balance and her book, "Overwhelmed."


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A Modern Family Leave Policy Needs These Three Things

Brigid Schulte and Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote for the Washington Post about the missing pieces need in family leave policies.


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Are 'Meternity' Leaves for Non-Parents a Good Idea?

Brigid Schulte wrote for CNN about women who fake pregnancies in order to take time out of the office and whether that's a good idea.


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A Brief History of How We Think About Motherhood

Brigid Schulte wrote for the Washington Post about the history and transformations of Motherhood in the past few decades.


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The State of Paid Family Leave in the US

Brigid Schulte was interviewed by Southern California Public Radio about the state of paid family leave and her book, Overwhelmed.


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Why More And More Women Are Choosing To Freeze Their Eggs

Brigid Schulte joined the Diane Rehm Show to discuss why women are choosing to freeze their eggs, and waiting longer to start families.


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What Works: Gender Equality by Design

In her new book, What Works: Gender Equality by Design, behavioral economist Iris Bohnet offers interventions for de-biasing organizations.


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The Pentagon’s New Family Policies Are an Important Step

Peter W. Singer and Brigid Schulte wrote for TIME about the Pentagon's new announcement placing higher priority on work life balance.


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Forget Balance and Embrace Well-Being

What's beyond happy? Seeking work-life balance, writes Beth Cabrera, author of Beyond Happy, is a trap that keeps parents running circles.


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It's 2016. Time to Get Real About How We Work and Live.

You heard Brigid Schulte. Women—and men—need to get real about work-life balance.


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Beyond Happy

Where does joy fit into the conversation about work-life integration?


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How Amber Scorah, whose baby died in daycare, is turning heartbreak into a crusade

"Many of these countries have had paid parental leave, not just for women but for men for decades," said Brigid Schulte, author of "Overwhel