Advocacy is central to Hadassah's mission—helping our members and supporters realize their potential as a dynamic force in American society. From supporting the creation of the State of Israel and selling war bonds, to championing stem cell research and women's health equity, Hadassah has a long and proud history of advocacy on issues important to women and the Jewish community. Hadassah, the Power of Women Who Advocate.
The following policy statements reflect Hadassah's most recent and active policy priorities. Read more about Hadassah's policy statement history and procedures, including the breadth of policy statement categories. If you have questions about individual policy issues contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For a synopsis of Hadassah's Zionist and American Affairs policy statements from 1980-2017 click here.
The American health care system frequently fails to address patients’ specific health care needs. As an organization committed to the advancement of world class medical research at the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) in Israel, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. stands with doctors and patients calling for the federal legalization of medical marijuana. READ MORE ›
Hadassah, as a volunteer led organization, joins with countless women seeking accountability and change for victims of sexual harassment and assault. In response, we reaffirm and expand our previous policy statement to include sexual harassment and assault in the workplace and include actionable steps that can be taken to mitigate some of the systemic ways that women remain vulnerable. READ MORE ›
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Henrietta Szold Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing, honors the nursing profession and reaffirms support to enhance nursing education and promote supportive workplace policies. READ MORE ›
Reaffirms and expands prior policy statements on civil rights, hate crimes, and racial discrimination. Urges the U.S. government to ensure equal enforcement of existing laws, and to address voting rights, police brutality, criminal justice reform, and other systemic barriers to equality. READ MORE ›
Reaffirms and expands prior policy statements on refugees, asylum, and immigration -- with special attention to the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Urges the U.S. government to expedite refugee status for those fleeing violence and persecution, ensure nondiscriminatory application of immigration law, and negotiate comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform. READ MORE ›
Reaffirms and expands Hadassah's 2006 Policy Statement for LGBT rights. Restates opposition to all efforts to selectively limit or deny civil rights to members of the LGBTQ community. Calls upon federal, state, and municipal governments to enact new public accommodation and non-discrimination measures—especially in the areas of employment, education, housing, and health.easures—especially in the areas of employment, education, housing, and health. READ MORE ›
Reaffirms that women are often the primary caregivers for their families, sometimes juggling the responsibilities of caring for both children and aging parents. Recognizes and values the integral role of caregivers—paid and unpaid—in supporting the health and dignity of America's aging and disabled population, and supports policies from the medical community, government, and private sector to further that support. READ MORE ›
Women face unique health challenges and require unique preventive health services through every stage of their lives to ensure they stay healthy. Hadassah calls on Congress and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide for the planning and implementation of a national public outreach, educational, and media campaign to raise public awareness, including provider awareness, of women's preventive health. READ MORE ›
All nations must make the elimination of trafficking a priority by strengthening anti-trafficking legislation, sharing information, promoting demand reduction strategies, aggressively prosecuting traffickers, penalizing all those profiting from the trafficking enterprise, and mounting public information campaigns. READ MORE ›
Affirms commitment to the necessity of quality childcare for the well-being of American society and calls on the public and private sectors to provide affordable childcare services and subsidies. Affirms commitment to the necessity of quality childcare for the well-being of American society and calls on the public and private sectors to provide affordable childcare services and subsidies.Affirms commitment to the necessity of quality childcare for the well-being of American society and calls... READ MORE ›
Hadassah is deeply concerned by the tremendous gaps in knowledge regarding women's biology, health, and disease and by the scarcity of research that is being done to fill those gaps. Hadassah calls on the United States government to continue to support funding for medical and biotechnological research., and work to remove barriers that further medical advancement in women's health. READ MORE ›
As Jews and as women, the members of Hadassah cannot help but have special understanding of the dangers of bigotry. Hate crimes are an extreme manifestation of bigotry and, historically, Jews and women alike have been targets. Hadassah believes that hate crimes threaten the viability of our community and that the federal government has an obligation to protect all of its citizens from such violence. READ MORE ›
Hadassah's Policy Statements represent the organization's official stance on a wide variety of issues facing our nation, Israel and other international matters of concern. Policy Statements are debated and voted on at national meetings by Hadassah’s national board and delegates from our membership. Once approved, statements become official policies of the organization and serve to define Hadassah's overall agenda and advocacy priorities. Hadassah, as a charitable organization classified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, is strictly non-partisan and is prohibited from any direct or indirect support of, or opposition to, candidates for public office.