Fellows & Grantees

Brigid Schulte

Abe Fellowship for Journalists 2017
Project Title
Overwork in Japan: Causes, Consequences and Prospects for Change
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
Director, The Better Life Lab - Work-Life, Gender Equality and Social Policy Program, New America Foundation


Brigid Schulte is a journalist, public speaker, think tank program director and 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 nearly17 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.