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Sara Estep is the associate director of the Women’s Initiative at American Progress. She comes to American Progress from The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution, where her research spanned a range of policy areas, with an emphasis on labor economics. She also worked on a variety of fiscal policy issues at the federal, state, and local levels in her previous roles at The Pew Charitable Trusts and American Progress. Estep’s work has been referenced in many major media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” Her research has also appeared in the “Economic Report of the President.” Estep earned a Master of Arts in political economy from Georgetown University and the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in economics and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Rhode Island.

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Playbook for the Advancement of Women in the Economy Report

Playbook for the Advancement of Women in the Economy

This collection of policy recommendations reveals how policymakers can grow the economy by centering the changes that women need in their economic platforms.

Rose Khattar, Sara Estep

How Ohio’s Special Election Results Will Both Protect Abortion and Affect Maternal Mortality in the State Article
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How Ohio’s Special Election Results Will Both Protect Abortion and Affect Maternal Mortality in the State

Ohio’s Issue 1 ballot initiative to codify the legal status of abortion in the state constitution affects both abortion access and maternal mortality rates.

Women’s Financial Well-Being in 2022 Article
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Women’s Financial Well-Being in 2022

Disaggregating new Federal Reserve data by gender shows that women were less likely than men to be financially secure in 2022, and that women of color were particularly at risk.

Sara Estep

How Bidenomics Is Delivering for Women In the News

How Bidenomics Is Delivering for Women

In The Messenger, Rose Khattar and Sara Estep make the case for how the Biden administration's plan to grow the economy by growing the middle class is helping more women find jobs.

The Messenger

Rose Khattar, Sara Estep

Five Facts on Older Women in the Labor Market Fact Sheet
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Five Facts on Older Women in the Labor Market

Older women have made significant recoveries from their disproportionate labor force declines due to the pandemic and will become a larger share of the labor force in the coming decade, but there are many women in this age group who face barriers to enter and stay in the labor force.

Beth Almeida, Sara Estep

Taking Stock of Spending Through the Tax Code Report
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Taking Stock of Spending Through the Tax Code

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which gave the largest tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, also failed to address the inefficiency, lack of fairness, and cost of many spending programs administered through the tax code.

The Importance of Automatic Stabilizers in the Next Recession Article
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The Importance of Automatic Stabilizers in the Next Recession

This column explains the role that automatic stabilizers play in U.S. fiscal policy and provides a framework for examining their responsiveness to the next economic downturn.

Sara Estep, Olugbenga Ajilore, Michael Madowitz

Rising Deficits, Falling Revenues Report

Rising Deficits, Falling Revenues

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act increases federal deficits while failing to address the nation’s most pressing challenges and making inequality worse.

Seth Hanlon, Alan Cohen, Sara Estep

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