Brigid Schulte

Social Issues and The Good LifeWashington, D.C.

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The discipline offers a more welcoming learning environment and a plethora of job possibilities.

  • Dec 19, 2014

Wal-Mart changed its policy in March to help pregnant workers stay on the job. Advocates say it’s not working

  • Dec 17, 2014

A review of 20 years of the Darwin Awards, of people dying in supremely stupid ways, reveals 90 percent of the winners were men, leading researchers to come up with Male Idiot Theory

  • Dec 12, 2014

Peggy Young, meet Berit Rougier. In Germany, Rougier got all the pregnant worker accommodations Young is fighting for before the Supreme Court

  • Dec 5, 2014

Often bitterly opposed, abortion rights defenders and critics have united on a case heard Wednesday at the Supreme Court.

  • Dec 4, 2014

One in five women are sexually assaulted during college. Eight things parents can do to change that

  • Dec 3, 2014

This woman put on leave in Md. is at the center of the court’s first pregnancy-bias case in 40 years.

  • Nov 30, 2014

Parents are paying twice what they did for child care in 1989. Yet low-paid teachers still qualify for public benefits.

  • Nov 18, 2014

Some, including Fannie Mae in D.C., are adding benefits such as backup care and geriatric assessments.

  • Nov 16, 2014

A tech entrepreneur sets up a system to encourage Americans to take their vacation time.

  • Nov 14, 2014
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Brigid Schulte writes about work-life issues and poverty, seeking to understand what it takes to live The Good Life across race, class and gender. Why do Americans work such long hours? How come a minimum wage salary can’t cover the cost of a two-bedroom apartment anywhere? Why is good child care so $(&#$ expensive and hard to find? Why are fathers now more harried than mothers? Why don’t Americans take vacation? And why do they bring work along if they do?

Brigid is also a regular contributor to the She The People blog and has written for Style, Outlook, the Washington Post magazine, and other outlets.

Brigid grew up in Oregon, got her start in newspapers at the Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming, and over the years has covered national politics, (96 hours of straight stumping with Bob Dole, anyone?) the Pentagon (so scared before the planned invasion of Haiti that she stayed up all night, every night watching the Disney channel in the Port-au-Prince Holiday Inn) public health, education, the environment and just about everything in between as an enterprise and narrative writer.

After a time-use researcher told her she had 30 hours of leisure time a week, she wound up writing a book in search of it. Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time will be published in March 2014.

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