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.
AAUW Idaho State Convention: June 2014
The Pocatello Branch hosted our Idaho State Convention June 27—29 at Idaho State University. Read the article in the Idaho State Journal here. Read a recap of the meeting in the July 2014 Gem State Brief. The conference theme was: We are not done yet: Equality for Women in the 21st Century. The program included an entertaining adult spelling bee coordinated by the Coeur d’Alene Branch; an informative town hall meeting with AAUW national representative Dave Kirkwood; and a presentation on legislative activities by Idaho Representative Elaine Smith. Thank you for a wonderful weekend, Pocatello!
Winter Board 2014
The Board met in Boise February 15-17 to conduct state business. Highlights included a presentation by Senator Janie Ward-Engelking about Idaho Core Standards, a leadership presentation by Boise Branch member Susan Lamberson, and Lobby Day events at the Capitol on President’s Day. Several members joined allies for lobby training and participated in a moving silent protest in support of ‘Add the Words‘ (sexual orientation and gender identity to the Idaho Human Rights Act) and in opposition to HB 427, the so-called ‘religious freedom’ bill.
Equity is still an issue. AAUW updated our report The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap with the latest numbers.
Equal Pay Day was April 8, 2014. In Boise, Mayor Bieter signed an Equal Pay Day Proclamation. Read the proclamation on the branch website.
Start Smart Workshops and Behavioral Interviewing Training at Idaho State University in Pocatello. Boise Branch leaders Kathy Scott and Julie Custer traveled to Pocatello in March to provide the workshops and training. Pocatello Branch Co-president Linda Leeuwrik and Princess Young gave an interview about the program’s impact on young women preparing to enter the workforce.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.