Mary Rice Hasson

Kate O’Beirne Fellow

Mary Rice Hasson is the Kate O’Beirne Fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. She also directs the Catholic Women’s Forum, a network of Catholic professional women and scholars seeking to amplify the voice of Catholic women in support of human dignity, authentic freedom, and Catholic social teaching.

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Mary Rice Hasson is the Kate O’Beirne Fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. She also directs the Catholic Women’s Forum, a network of Catholic professional women and scholars seeking to amplify the voice of Catholic women in support of human dignity, authentic freedom, and Catholic social teaching.

Mary is an expert on topics related to women, faith, culture, family, sexual morality, and gender ideology.  She has been a keynote speaker for the Holy See during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women for the past three years (2019: “Gender Ideology: Ideological Aggression Against Women and Girls” and “Valuing Unpaid Caregiving: The Human Dimension”; 2018: “The Integral Education of Rural Women and Girls” and 2017: “The Distinctiveness of Women’s Work and Women’s Empowerment”). Mary is a Consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth. She speaks frequently at national, regional, and diocesan conferences and conducts workshops for Catholic parishes and dioceses on sexuality, gender identity, and pastoral care.

Mary’s writing has appeared in a variety of websites, policy journals, and scholarly publications; she has been interviewed by a wide range of national media and is a frequent commentator on EWTN and Catholic radio.

Mary is the co-author, with Theresa Farnan, PhD, of Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child From Public School Before It’s Too Late (Regnery: 2018), the editor of Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church (Our Sunday Visitor: 2015), and the co-author with Kimberly Hahn of Catholic Education: Homeward Bound (Ignatius Press: 1996). She is also the co-author of the reportWhat Catholic Women Think About Faith, Conscience, and Contraception (EPPC 2012), co-author of a study on parents’ use of media ratings, published in the medical journal Pediatrics (2011), and the author of a chapter (“What About Sex: Habits of Heart for a Fulfilling Sexual Relationship and a Happy Marriage”) in the recent book, Venus and Virtue: Celebrating Sex and Seeking Sanctification (2018).

Before joining EPPC, Mary worked as an attorney and writer and served the Church for over twenty years in leadership positions in Catholic marriage preparation programs, diocesan education efforts, and Catholic ministries to women and families. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Mary was the recipient of the 2019 Humanitarian Award from the Siena Symposium of the University of St. Thomas, and in 2015, Mary and her husband, Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson, the parents of seven, were the recipients of the 2015 Saint John Paul II Award for the New Evangelization.

A note about the Catholic Women’s Forum:  Taking its inspiration from Pope St. John Paul II, who wrote that women have “the task of assuring the moral dimension of culture…a culture worthy of the person,” (Christifideles Laici, 51and Pope Francis, who wrote of the need for  “a more incisive female presence in the Church,” (Evangelii Gaudium, 103), the Catholic Women’s Forum shapes the culture and serves the Church through its members’ expertise, an annual scholars’ symposium, media work, and periodic networking events. CWF also offers timely articles and resources through its websitenewsletter and social media. To learn more, please visit catholicwomensforum.org.

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VIDEO: Mary Hasson on Transgenderism and Gender Identity

June 23, 2021 | Catholic Diocese of Arlington

On June 23, 2021, EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson discussed gender identity and religious freedom on a video…

AUDIO: Mary Rice Hasson Discusses Gender Ideology in Four-Part Series on “Bioethics on Air” Podcast

May 19, 2021 | “Bioethics on Air” podcast

EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson recently appeared in a four-part series of the National Catholic Bioethics Center’s “Bioethics on Air” podcast, discussing gender ideology, the Equality Act, and the new Person and Identity Project.

AUDIO: Mary Hasson on The Equality Act & Gender Ideology from a Catholic Perspective

May 18, 2021 | "MCC from the Capitol" podcast

EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson appeared on the Missouri Catholic Conference’s “MCC from the Capitol” podcast to discuss…

VIDEO: Mary Hasson in Post-Election Conversation Hosted by Benedictine College

November 5, 2020 | Benedictine College

EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson took part in a post-election conversation organized by the Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College. She appeared alongside Chad C. Pecknold, a theologian at Catholic University of America.

AUDIO: Mona Charen and Mary Hasson Discuss Feminism and More on Conversations with Consequences Podcast

May 16, 2019 | Conversations with Consequences podcast

EPPC Senior Fellow Mona Charen and EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Hasson appeared on the Catholic Association’s podcast Conversations with Consequences to discuss feminism, marriage, life, and love. Ms. Charen also discussed her recent book Sex Matters.

AUDIO: Mary Hasson on the Gender Inclusive Agenda in Public Schools

May 15, 2019 | Issues, Etc.

EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson appeared on the Issues, Etc. radio program to discuss the threat of gender ideology in public schools – the theme of Mrs. Hasson’s book Get Out Now (co-authored with Theresa Farnan).

VIDEO: Mary Hasson on the Cultural Crisis in Public Schools

May 7, 2019 | Lake Oswego, OR

EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Hasson spoke at an event sponsored by Parents’ Rights in Education on the cultural crisis in American public schools, titled “Should We Stay or Should We Go?”

VIDEO: Mary Hasson at UN Panel on Gender Equality and Gender Ideology

March 20, 2019 | United Nations

EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson appeared on a United Nations panel discussing how new interpretations of gender are affecting the identity, equality, privacy, and safety of girls and women, how schools and social protection systems are being affected, and what the bioethical, physical and psychological consequences of implementing these new interpretations are.

VIDEO: Mary Hasson at UN Panel on Valuing Unpaid Work and Caregiving

March 15, 2019 | United Nations

EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson appeared on a United Nations panel discussing how valuing unpaid work and caregiving is more than a question of “uncompensated labor” but one that involves human dignity, the dignity of work, the importance of the family as a basic unit of society and school of virtue, and the principle of subsidiarity.

AUDIO: Mary Rice Hasson and Theresa Farnan Discuss Get Out Now on Eric Metaxas Show

October 17, 2018 | The Eric Metaxas Show

EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson and co-author Theresa Farnan appeared on the Eric Metaxas Show to discuss their new book Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child from Public School Before It’s Too Late.

AUDIO: Mary Hasson on Public Schools and the Progressive Left

October 11, 2018 | Issues, Etc.

EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson appeared on the radio program “Issues, Etc.” to discuss her new book (co-authored with Theresa Farnan) Get Out Now.

VIDEO: Mary Rice Hasson on Pope Francis and the Church’s Abuse Crisis

September 4, 2018 | TRT World - The Newsmakers

EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson appeared on Turkish public television network TRT’s “The Newsmakers” to discuss Pope Francis and the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.