Women’s Health & Economic Opportunity

Senator Hassan will always fight to ensure that women have the freedom to make their own health care decisions and control their own destinies.

In order to compete on a level playing field economically and be full participants in our democracy, women need to be able to decide if and when to start a family, they must not be charged more than men for health care, and they must receive equal protections at work. 

As Governor, she signed New Hampshire’s Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure that women earn equal pay for equal work and successfully pushed to restore funding to Planned Parenthood. 

As too many in Washington continue to play partisan games with women’s health and equal rights, Senator Hassan is standing up to protect a woman’s constitutionally protected right to make her own reproductive health decisions as guaranteed by Roe v. Wade. She is also working to stop harmful, misguided efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides critical health care services to thousands of Granite State women, including preventive care, birth control, and cancer screenings.

The Senator will always fight to ensure that women across the country earn pay that is equal to their male colleagues, to protect access to affordable health care that includes contraception, and to advocate for common-sense paid family leave policies.

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  • January 30, 2019

    NH Delegation Reintroduces Paycheck Fairness Act to Close Gender Wage Gap

    Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) today reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act, bicameral legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable.

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  • January 16, 2019

    NH Delegation Speaks Out on Impact of Government Shutdown on New Hampshire Efforts to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence

    (Concord, NH) - Today, Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) released the following statements on the government shutdown’s impact on New Hampshire efforts to prevent sexual and domestic violence. As a result of the ongoing shutdown, the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (NHCADSV) and three of its member programs are unable to access funds they receive directly from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). If the shutdown continues, the absence of these funds will impact the availability of critical support services for victims of domestic and sexual violence in certain Granite State communities, potentially creating an unsafe situation for these victims. In addition to the government shutdown, last month the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was allowed to expire, jeopardizing resources for survivors of sexual violence. 

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  • December 20, 2018

    President Signs Into Law Bipartisan Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Improve Access to Maternal Care in Rural and Underserved Areas

    WASHINGTON - President Trump this week signed into law bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan to improve access to maternal care in rural and underserved areas in New Hampshire and throughout the United States. The bipartisan Improving Access to Maternity Care Act will help reduce shortages in maternity care by identifying areas lacking maternal health professionals and incentivizing providers to practice in these underserved communities. This bill would create a designation for maternity care for use under the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), which would help the NHSC to boost the maternity care workforce in underserved areas through its loan repayment and scholarship programs. The legislation was introduced by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

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  • December 18, 2018

    Senator Hassan Votes to Approve Bipartisan “First Step Act” to Reform Criminal Justice System

    WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan today voted on the Senate floor to approve the bipartisan First Step Act, which would make much-needed reforms to the nation’s criminal justice system, including expanding treatment options for prisoners struggling with substance use disorders and increasing protections for pregnant prisoners.

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  • November 29, 2018

    Senate HELP Committee Advances Bipartisan Bills Supported by Senator Hassan to Enhance the Health and Well-Being of Granite Staters and Americans

    WASHINGTON - Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee voted to approve bipartisan legislation supported by Senator Hassan – a member of the Committee – to help improve the health and well-being of Granite Staters and Americans, particularly women in need of maternity care and individuals impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.

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  • November 19, 2018

    Kuster, Hassan Join Survivor Advocates to Highlight Negative Impact of DeVos Rollback of Title IX

    (Concord, NH) - Today at the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (NHCADSV) headquarters, Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined survivor advocates from the NHCADSV, the University of New Hampshire Prevention Innovations Research Center, Keene State College, Colby Sawyer College, Plymouth State University, and Rivier University to highlight the potential negative impacts of the proposed changes to Title IX announced on Friday by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The suggested changes to Title IX include narrowing the definition of sexual harassment, establishing a higher legal standard on which to hold schools accountable for ignoring wrongdoing, and constraining the purview schools have to investigate accusations against students. Title IX mandates equal opportunity to education without regard to gender, and empowers schools, colleges, and universities to improve resources for survivors and conduct internal investigations into reported incidents of sexual violence.

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  • November 15, 2018

    NH Delegation Announces Additional $2.4 Million In VAWA Funding

    ( Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced an additional $2,441,735 in grants from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women. Shaheen, the lead Democrat of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, has led efforts in Congress to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and has secured historic federal funding through the yearly appropriations process to fund the Office on Violence Against Women. The New Hampshire delegation previously announced $449,139 to Strafford County, and the additional grants announced today include $1,447,290 to the State of New Hampshire, $457,243 to Grafton County, $238,112 to the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and $299,090 to the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success. The grant funding awarded to New Hampshire for Fiscal Year 2018 totals $2,890,874.


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