Brigid Schulte is a journalist, public speaker, and program director of the Better Life Lab, the work-family justice and gender equity program at the nonpartisan think tank New America. She’s also the author of the New York Times bestselling book on time pressure, gender and modern life, Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play when No One has the Time, which was named one of the notable books of the year by the Washington Post and NPR, and won the Virginia Library Association’s literary nonfiction award.
She was an award-winning journalist for The Washington Post and The Washington Post Magazine for nearly 17 years and was part of the team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. She now serves as the director of the Better Life Lab, the work-family justice program at New America, a nonpartisan think tank, which uses data-driven storytelling, policy research and practical tools to move public policy, workplace practice and culture to support families, gender equity, better work, better care, and better life. She hosts the popular Slate Better Life Lab podcast.
She has spoken all over the world about the causes and consequences of our unsustainable, always-on overwork culture, and how to make time for The Good Life by redesigning how we work, by re-imagining gender roles for a fairer division of labor and opportunity at work and home, by rewiring public policy, and, instead of seeking status in busyness, by recapturing the value of leisure. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, Slate, Vox, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, New York Magazine, Fast Company, Time, CNN, Quartz, the Guardian, the Washington Monthly and others. She has been quoted as an expert or featured in numerous publications, including Fortune, the Financial Times and others, and has appeared on a number of TV and radio programs, including CNN, The BBC, NBC and MSNBC, Fresh Air with Terry Gross and NPR’s Morning Edition.
She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, Tom Bowman, a reporter for National Public Radio, and their two children. She grew up in Portland, Oregon and spent her summers with family in Wyoming, where she did not feel so overwhelmed.
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Better Life Lab
Better Life Lab Experiments (BLLx)
“Caring for Dying Loved Ones is a Luxury Few Can Afford. I was Lucky.” (Brigid Schulte) The Washington Post
“A woman's greatest enemy? A lack of time to herself” (Brigid Schulte) The Guardian
“It's Time to Reset Your Relationship's Power Dynamics” (Brigid Schulte) Forge
The Third Path Institute
Brigid’s recommended books:
Finding Time (Heather Boushey)
What Works (Iris Bohnet)
The Free-Market Family: How the Market Crushed the American Dream (and How It Can Be Restored) (Maxine Eichner)
Waiting for The Weekend (WItold Rybczynski)
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)
Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul (Stuart Brown)
Leisure: The Basis of Culture (Josef Pieper)
Rest: Why Your Get More Done When You Work Less (Alex Soojung-Kim Pang)