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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  • 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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  • October 18, 2018

    Senator Hassan Highlights Importance of Early Childhood Education at Head Start Program in Rochester

    ROCHESTER - Senator Maggie Hassan today toured the Strafford Country Head Start program, where she discussed the importance of early childhood education with families and Head Start staff. The Senator also thanked the staff for all of their efforts. To learn more about Strafford Country Head Start program, click here.

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  • October 03, 2018

    NH Delegation Announces $650K to Support Victims of Sexual Assault

    ( 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 $650,261 in grants to support victims of sexual assault from the National Institute of Justice at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). These grants include $316,703 to the New Hampshire Department of Safety to help reduce sexual assault and rape kit backlogs and $333,558 to the New Hampshire Department of Justice to develop and initiate a tracking program for sexual assault kits.

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  • September 19, 2018

    Senator Hassan and Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo Op-Ed: The Girls In STEM Statistics Are Dismal — But Here’s How We’re Working To Change That

  • September 18, 2018

    Senator Hassan Votes to Approve Final Version of Bipartisan FY19 Funding Bill to Bolster National Security, Combat the Opioid Crisis, Strengthen Workforce Training, Invest in Education, and More

    WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan today voted to approve the final version of a bipartisan funding bill for fiscal year 2019 that invests in critical New Hampshire priorities, including bolstering national security, combating the opioid crisis, strengthening workforce training, investing in education, and more. The funding bill ensures that New Hampshire will receive $22.9 million in State Opioid Response Grants for fiscal year 2019 on top of the state’s $22.9 million for fiscal year 2018.

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