MacArthur Fellows Program

Sara Horowitz

Attorney and Workers' Rights Leader | Class of 1999

Attorney and Workers' Rights Leader
Brooklyn, New York
36 at time of award
Published July 1, 1999

About Sara's Work

Sara Horowitz is a pioneer in shaping institutions and services for a changing workforce in America.

The founder of the organization, Working Today, Horowitz has created a new institution to assist and promote the interests of people engaged in flexible, employment arrangements as temporary, part-time, contract, or independent workers. In response to the changing work and employment patterns in the United States and abroad, the organization’s apolitical, cross-class, and multiracial model combines the design elements of the American Association of Retired Persons and the organizing strategies of traditional labor unions. Working Today offers its members an array of services, including affordable health insurance, technical assistance, legal services, and retirement investment plans. Horowitz is an increasingly important voice in policy debates concerning such issues as jobs, pension and health insurance portability, and social security tax relief for independent workers.


Horowitz is the executive director of Working Today, which she founded in 1995. She has served as a labor attorney, union organizer, and a public defender in New York City.

Horowitz received a B.S. (1984) from Cornell University, a J.D. (1989) from the State University of New York, Buffalo, and an M.P.A. (1995) from Harvard University.

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