Mary Rice Hasson: 10 Years at EPPC

On Saturday April 2nd, Mary Rice Hasson celebrated ten years as a scholar at the Ethics and Public Policy Center! Mary was welcomed to EPPC as a fellow in 2012 by former EPPC President Ed Whelan, was named EPPC’s Kate O’Beirne Fellow in 2018, and in celebration of Mary’s ten wonderful years, current EPPC President Ryan T. Anderson has announced that Mary will now hold the title of Kate O’Beirne Senior Fellow.

Some highlights of Mary’s work and accomplishments during her time at EPPC:


  • Ed Whelan welcomes Mary Rice Hasson to the Ethics and Public Policy Center as a fellow in the Catholic Studies Program

Mary Hasson writes insightfully on a broad range of topics,” observed EPPC President Ed Whelan, “and her ongoing project on Catholic women and sexual morality promises to be of special interest. It’s great to have her on board.”


  • Mary organized a symposium on women and the Church with Professor Helen Alvaré
  • Following the symposium, EPPC’s Catholic Women’s Forum is established: an international network for Catholic women seeking to engage the culture, serve the Church, and collaborate for more effective evangelization




  • Mary serves as a keynote speaker for the Holy See during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women addressing Women and Work


  • Mary is a keynote speaker for the Holy See during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women addressing education
  • Mary’s letter to Pope Francis from Catholic women seeking answers about the abuse crisis drew over 47,000 signatures


  • Mary is a keynote speaker for the Holy See during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women addressing gender ideology
  • Mary assisted in conducting and submitting a report to the Vatican surveying Catholic women about the clergy abuse crisis. The final submission to the Vatican in January 2019 included survey results, testimony of a victim’s mother, and recommendations from Catholic women seminary professors.


  • The Person and Identity Project received a grant from Our Sunday Visitor to create website content and conduct a survey project regarding Catholic millennials’ opinions of gender ideology



  • Mary Rice Hasson and EPPC President Ryan T. Anderson filed an amicus curiae brief in Tingley v. Ferguson, challenging a law in Washington state that mandates therapists serve minors use a “gender-affirmation-only” approach
  • EPPC scholars Ryan T. Anderson, Roger Severino, Rachel N. Morrison, and Mary Rice Hasson submitted a public comment opposing a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that would mandate health insurers cover a wide array of dangerous and irreversible medical and surgical transgender procedures, including for children
  • EPPC’s Rachel N. Morrison and Mary Hasson met with federal government officials to discuss concerns over an upcoming proposed rule by the Department of Education that would impact Title IX regulations. The EPPC scholars shared eight major points of concern, including the harms of redefining “sex discrimination” to include “gender identity.”
  • Mary authored the chapter “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)
  • In 2022 alone, Mary Hasson has already given 25 presentations nationwide

Congratulations to Mary Hasson on ten wonderful years! Learn more about Mary and her work on her EPPC Scholar Page and the Person and Identity Project Website.

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