Welcome to AAUW Idaho

Ingrid Adler, Louise Regelin, Gayle Wilde, Sylvia Chariton, Bonnie Pfaff and Kitty Geidl. Lobby Team, Washington, D.C. National Convention 2011-photo by Kathy Scott

Value Promise: By joining AAUW, we belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

Idaho Branches

Deeper in Debt: New research launch event May 24, 2017

Deeper in Debt Student loan debt is now a $1.3-trillion problem burdening 44 million borrowers. Experts are talking about the effects of student debt on the economy, but they aren’t talking about its disproportionate effects on women. AAUW takes a close look at that oversight in the new research report Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans. Register for the livestream launch event on May 24 or be the first to know when the report is released.  Read more.

April 14, 2017:  Stand up to Sexism!

AAUW’s new #StandUptoSexism campaign has sparked lively conversation on social media, in the news, and in communities. AAUW and NYU Washington, DC, are convening a series of panel conversations now through October 2017 to keep this important dialogue going both online and off. Join us online or in person for this discussion series to learn how to fight gender bias in your thoughts, at your workplace, and through your activism.

The archived video from the first panel, (Not) All in Your Head: How Women Internalize Sexism is available here. Register now for our second panel, The F-word: How to Be a Feminist in the Workplace. If you can’t make it in person, join us for a livestream of the event!

The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap 2017

Gender pay gap graphic 2017 Women working full time in the United States typically are paid just 80 percent of what men were paid. The figure is even more dire for African-American, Hispanic or Latino women. While many occupations have managed to narrow or even close the pay gap, disparity still exists.

AAUW’s The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap addresses the issues such as the pay gap in each state; the pay gap by age, race/ethnicity, and education; guidance for women facing workplace discrimination; resources for fair pay advocates etc.

Equal Pay Day was recognized on April 4, 2017, but we must fight for fair pay every day.  Click here for the full report and details.

Visit fightforfairpay.org and find out what you can do to achieve pay equity.

AAUW Idaho Members at Women’s March on Idaho, January 21, 2017

AAUW’s Top Policy Leader Lisa Maatz Returns to Idaho September, 2016

Boise Area Branch members welcomed AAUW’s top policy advisor, Lisa Maatz, back to Boise in September, where she spoke about Gender and Politics at the 2016 Andrus Center for Public Policy Women and Leadership Conference. View conference welcome and opening remarks here.

Maatz is featured on Idaho Public Television’s Dialogue program, Gender and Politics: Lisa Maatz, which aired October 14, 2016. View gallery photos of Lisa’s Idaho visit at the bottom of our About page.

AAUW Idaho State Convention in Coeur d’Alene, August 12–14, 2016

Special thanks goes to the AAUW Coeur d’Alene Branch team, led by Branch President Lynn Brooks, that worked so hard to arrange accommodations and fun activities to complement the many informative and useful activities around convention.

The convention was held on the lovely campus of North Idaho College. Ellie Hill, an AAUW national board member, attended to update the group on AAUW issues, and AAUW Training and Program Manager Erica Stout provided training. AAUW Boise Area Branch President Sylvia Chariton conducted a training session on Title IX which was open to teachers in the Coeur d’Alene area. Sylvia recently presented this training at an Idaho State Department of Education conference in Sun Valley.

AAUW’s VP of Government Relations Lisa Maatz in Idaho February 11-17, 2016 

Lisa Maatz and Betsy Russell, Feb. 11, 2016

Advocacy Can Change the Course of Public Policy: Lisa Maatz, AAUW’s VP Government Relations with Spokesman-Review journalist Betsy Z. Russell

Lisa Maatz began her Idaho visit in Boise with a full schedule of activities. Maatz’s dynamic presentation, Advocacy Can Change the Course of Public Policy, was well attended. Esteemed Idaho reporter Betsy Z. Russell moderated the Q&A session. Thanks to everyone who welcomed Maatz to Idaho.

Visit our News page to view video of her Advocacy presentation on February 11 and to link to a podcast of her remarks at the Andrus Center for Public Policy’s “Politics for Lunch” on February 12.  From Boise, she traveled to McCall to check in with the Long Valley Branch, then went north to visit with members in Moscow, Orofino and Coeur d’Alene. Thank you, Lisa, for coming to Idaho to share your wisdom and expertise with our members and supporters.


Public Policy VP Gayle Wilde, January 17, 2015

Public Policy VP Gayle Wilde, January 17, 2015

While education is AAUW’s primary focus, we have always spoken out about vital social, economic, and political issues. We have long influenced legislative debates on critical issues such as gender-fair education, civil rights, family and medical leave, equal pay for equal work, reproductive choice, affirmative action, welfare reform, and health care reform. We condemn all forms of discrimination.

Rep. Ilana Rubel, Equal Pay Day event 2015

Idaho Representative Ilana Rubel at Equal Pay Day UnHappy Hour in Boise, April 14, 2015

If equity is at issue, we’re there. Lobbying legislators and taking a stand on policy issues. Raising money to fund research. Publishing groundbreaking studies. Spearheading community programs. Launching voter education campaigns. Mentoring women and girls. Working with educators to better engage girls in learning. Awarding fellowships and grants to outstanding women around the globe through AAUW Funds. Providing legal support to fight sex discrimination through the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund.

Human Rights Lobby Day 2014: Kathy Haley, Bonnie Pfaff, Carol Stirling

Human Rights Lobby Day 2014: Kathy Haley, Bonnie Pfaff, Carol Stirling

AAUW values and seeks members of every race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, and level of physical ability. Membership is now open to anyone with an associate’s degree (or equivalent), a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university. These new guidelines were voted on at the 2005 national convention.

There are six branches in Idaho that meet on a regular basis to develop programs that promote equity. Branch members are also part of the state AAUW Idaho and the national organization. In Idaho, prospective members should visit the Join page and email the membership or branch contact; others should call 1-800-326-AAUW or e-mail info@aauw.org.

Public Policy Advocacy


In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The public policy program underscores AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research, and speaks to women’s needs, aspirations, and concerns across the life span. The work of AAUW builds upon over a century of responsible public participation at the local, state, national, and international levels. AAUW is committed to working in partnership with diverse allies. To get involved in advocacy here in Idaho and make your voice heard, visit our Advocacy page.  To explore more about issue advocacy on our national website, click here.


AAUW Funds

Philanthropy is a part of AAUW’s mission. Please visit our News page for more information about giving opportunities, and contact our Funds chair for more information.