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and helped spark a national conversation about overwork, burnout, productivity, busyness, gender roles, the toll that outdated policies and cultural attitudes are taking on modern lives, and how to move forward.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 and NEW AMERICA
The first ‘female Viagra’ is here. Who wants it?

Brigid Schulte published a piece in the Washington Post magazine about the emerging science and contentious history surrounding female sexua


BETTER LIFE LAB and NEW AMERICA
On Work, Love & Play: An Interview with Brigid Schulte

Globoforce published a Q and A with Brigid Schulte: "On Work, Love and Play."


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Stressed? Find ways to beat burnout and do what matters most

USA Today's Modern Woman quoted Brigid Schulte in an article on women and stress.


BETTER LIFE LAB
New America Appoints Brigid Schulte as New Breadwinning and Caregiving Director

New America is delighted to announce the appointment of Brigid Schulte as the new director of our Breadwinning and Caregiving program.


BETTER LIFE LAB and NEW AMERICA
After losing her way in the digital world, a journalist tries to find herself in the forest

In my bare feet, out in the forest, under a soaring canopy of western red cedars, Sitka spruce and vine maples wrapped in beards of moss, I


BETTER LIFE LAB
Leisure Is the New Productivity

Instead of working harder to be more productive, we need to work smarter by taking time out to relax and connect with friends and family.


BETTER LIFE LAB
3 Things Everyone Should Know Before Growing Up

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Ousting Women Leaders

In June 2011, Yahoo chairman Roy Bostock praised the company’s first female chief executive, Carol Bartz, at the annual shareholder meeting.


BETTER LIFE LAB
Overwhelmed

Can working parents in America—or anywhere—ever find true leisure time?


BETTER LIFE LAB
5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Work Too Hard

Because Americans work among the most hours of any advanced country in the world, save South Korea and Japan, where they’ve had to invent a


ASSET BUILDING
In Poverty, No Privacy?

Most Americans consider the right to privacy a right of citizenship, but families within the public benefits system can't.