Mary Rice Hasson

Kate O’Beirne Fellow

Mary Rice Hasson, J.D., is the Kate O’Beirne Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. She directs the Catholic Women’s Forum, a network of Catholic professional women and scholars, and co-founded the Person and Identity Project, a new initiative that equips parents and faith-based institutions to counter gender ideology and promote the truth of the human person. An attorney and policy expert, Mary served as keynote speaker for the Holy See during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, addressing education (2018), women and work (2017), caregiving (2019), and gender ideology (2019). She currently serves as a consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family, Life and Youth.

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Mary Rice Hasson, J.D., is the Kate O’Beirne Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. She directs the Catholic Women’s Forum, a network of Catholic professional women and scholars, and co-founded the Person and Identity Project, a new initiative that equips parents and faith-based institutions to counter gender ideology and promote the truth of the human person. An attorney and policy expert, Mary served as keynote speaker for the Holy See during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, addressing education (2018), women and work (2017), caregiving (2019), and gender ideology (2019). She currently serves as a consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family, Life and Youth.

Mary speaks frequently in national and international venues on topics related to gender ideology, parental rights, religious liberty, and culture. She is frequently called upon to provide expert counsel on federal and state legislation and, in 2021, testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee against the Equality Act and before the Australian Parliament, New South Wales, in support of parental rights legislation.

She has co-authored several books on education, including Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child From Public School Before It’s Too Late (Regnery 2018), and her writing has appeared in a variety of policy journals, scholarly publications, and traditional media including The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, First Things, National Review Online, and the National Catholic Register, among others. She is a frequent media commentator in both religious and secular media.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Notre Dame Law School, Mary and her husband Seamus Hasson have seven grown children and two grandchildren.


A note about the Person and Identity Project (PIP): The Person and Identity Project aims to equip parents and faith-based institutions with the facts, resources, and expertise to promote an authentic vision of the human person and to counter gender ideology.  PIP experts speak, write, and conduct workshops on gender ideology for churches, schools, parents, and faith-based organizations. See personandidentity.com


A note about the Catholic Women’s Forum: The Catholic Women’s Forum takes 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, 51). The Catholic Women’s Forum provides a network for Catholic women scholars seeking fellowship and to influence the culture, and offers a forum for Catholic women to share faith, inspiration, and resources. See catholicwomensforum.org.


Recent publications:

Appellate brief in the 9th Circuit supporting challenge to Washington law effectively mandating “affirmation only” therapy for minors, December 16, 2021.

Bringing the Christ of Christmas to a Lost Generation,” Legatus Magazine, Dec 1, 2021

 “Erasing Females in Language and Law,” Journal of Christian Legal Thought, Christian Legal Society, Oct. 21, 2021.

Is It Emotional Abuse For Parents To Deny A Child’s Transgender Claims?” National Review Online, October 17, 2021.

Time for an Exodus from Public Schools?” Our Catholic Mission, Cardinal Newman Society, October 8, 2021.

The Equality Act and the End of Females,” Newsweek, February 24, 2021.

The Pope is Catholic After All,” co-author with Tim Busch, The Wall Street Journal, February 13, 2020.


Books and Book Chapters:

Chapter author, “Sexual Identity, Gender Ideology, and Religious Freedom: The Tug of War over ‘Who We Are,’ – Schools as Battlegrounds,” in the Handbook of Church and State, Shannon Holzer, ed. (New York, NY: Palgrave, expected publication fall 2022)

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)

Chapter author, “What About Sex: Habits of Heart for a Fulfilling Sexual Relationship and a Happy Marriage,” in Venus and Virtue: Celebrating Sex and Seeking Sanctification (2018).

Editor, Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church (Our Sunday Visitor: 2015)

Co-author, with Michele Hill, of the reportWhat Catholic Women Think About Faith, Conscience, and Contraception (EPPC 2012)

Co-author, with Kimberly Hahn of Catholic Education: Homeward Bound (Ignatius Press: 1996).


Selected Presentations and Interviews:

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AUDIO: Mary Rice Hasson on Gender Ideology and Its Influence on School Culture

December 16, 2021 | “Religious Freedom Matters” podcast

On December 16, 2021, EPPC Kate O’Beirne Fellow Mary Rice Hasson, Director of EPPC’s Catholic Women’s Forum and co-founder of…

VIDEO: Mary Hasson | Is the Fight Against Gender Ideology ‘Reality’s Last Stand?’

November 8, 2021 | Christendom College

On November 8, 2021, EPPC Fellow Mary Rice Hasson delivered a talk at Christendom College on the fight against gender…

VIDEO: Mary Hasson on How When Gender Identity Wins, Females Lose

September 28, 2021 | EDIFY

Has gender ideology helped or harmed the cause of women’s rights? Title IX and other pro-women legislation opened up opportunities…

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.