“Women deserve the right to make decisions about their health care. These decisions should not be made by an employer, they shouldn’t be made by the government – they should be made by women.”
– Senator Jeanne Shaheen
For more than two decades, Jeanne Shaheen has worked to make a difference for women in New Hampshire. She stands up for what she believes in, like equal pay for equal work and a woman’s right to make health care decisions independent of her employer or the government.
Jeanne is the first and only woman in the country elected to serve as both a Governor and U.S. Senator.
As our Governor, Jeanne Shaheen signed bipartisan legislation to protect women’s access to basic preventive health care. In the Senate, Shaheen won bipartisan passage of the “Shaheen Amendment” to provide health care coverage for abortion to women in the military who are victims of rape, cosponsored and was a leader in reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, and fought to protect funding for Planned Parenthood including access to birth control and cancer screenings.
ADVOCATING FOR WORKING WOMEN AND FAMILIES
Jeanne co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, a historic step toward workplace equality for women and signed pay equity legislation into law as Governor. She has championed the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work. Existing pay inequities mean a woman and her family can lose more than $400,000 over the course of her career. That is money that doesn’t go toward her owning a home, helping her children afford a college education, or providing economic security for her retirement.
Continuing on her work as Governor, Jeanne Shaheen is fighting to make childcare more affordable for working mothers. In 1998, she established the Governor’s Business Commission on Child Care and Early Education. In the Senate, she introduced the Helping Working Families Afford Child Care Act to increase the amount of eligible child care expenses used to calculate the tax credit that helps make child care more affordable.
Jeanne Shaheen understands the economic challenges New Hampshire families face as they struggle with the rising cost of childcare. It can cost a New Hampshire family more than $11,000 per year for infant and toddler care.
PROTECTING WOMEN’S ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE
For more than two decades, Jeanne Shaheen has been fighting to expand affordable access to health services for New Hampshire women. As New Hampshire’s Governor, she signed into law bipartisan legislation requiring insurance coverage for contraceptive services. In the Senate, she has been an outspoken advocate for women’s reproductive rights and expanded access to basic contraception and family planning care with no out of pocket costs to 253,000 women in New Hampshire.
When the Executive Council waged a war on women’s access to health care, Jeanne Shaheen fought back. She urged the federal Health and Human Services Department to provide a direct federal contract with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to restore these critical health services.
Jeanne Shaheen makes a difference for the more than 17,000 women in New Hampshire who count on Planned Parenthood for affordable access to basic health services like breast exams, birth control, and cancer screenings.
Jeanne Shaheen’s leadership gained passage of history-making legislation, known as the Shaheen Amendment. It ended more than 30 years of unequal treatment of women in the military and provides health insurance coverage for abortion for women serving in the military who are victims of rape or incest.
SUPPORTING WOMEN SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
As a former owner and manager of small business, a governor, and a mother, Jeanne Shaheen knows the challenges New Hampshire’s small business owners face in balancing their budgets and meeting payroll. This is why she is working hard to support women who own and operate New Hampshire small businesses.
Small business make up for more than 96% of all New Hampshire employers, and more than 25% of them are owned by women. As member of the Senate Small Business Committee, Jeanne Shaheen authored bipartisan legislation so women owned small businesses would have a fair shot at federal contracts. And she worked with the Small Business Administration to open the Center for Women’s Business Advancement at Southern New Hampshire University to help women in business.
A SENATOR NEW HAMPSHIRE WOMEN CAN COUNT ON
In Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire women have a Senator they can trust to fight for equal pay, champion the Violence Against Women Act, and protect their access to critical health services like preventive care and mammograms. Her commonsense leadership makes a difference for Granite State women.