Vicki Shabo

Vicki Shabo

Senior Fellow, New America; Founder and Director of the Entertainment Project at the Better Life Lab

Vicki Shabo is a senior fellow at New America, a think tank in Washington, D.C. She is a gender equity expert, policy strategist, and coalition builder, who has helped to win paid leave, paid sick time, equal pay, and pregnancy fairness policies affecting tens of millions of people federally and in U.S. states and cities. For nearly 15 years, she has been a leader in the fight to win a national paid family and medical leave program, and an advocate for policies that help people manage work and care and to establish gender equity at work and at home as a norm in the United States. Shabo works closely with federal and state policymakers, advocates, researchers, and private sector leaders. She is also the founder and director of New America’s Better Life Lab’s entertainment-focused narrative and culture change practice and the project Re-Scripting Gender, Work, Family and Care, where she informs and amplifies TV and film content featuring stories about gender, work, family, and care.

Shabo has testified in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, state legislatures, and before the Democratic Party’s platform committee. Her opinion pieces have been published in outlets including The Boston Globe, CNN.com, The Hill, New York Daily News, New York Times, Refinery 29, Roll Call, and USA Today, as well as the Hollywood Reporter, and her observations have been featured widely in national, regional and state news stories. Shabo holds degrees from Pomona College (B.A., summa cum laude), the University of Michigan (M.A. in political science) and the University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D., high honors), where she served as editor-in-chief of the North Carolina Law Review.

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