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.