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.
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.
AAUW Idaho State Convention 2014
The Pocatello Branch will be hosting our Idaho State Convention June 28 & 29 at Idaho State University. Save the date and stay tuned for details. The conference theme is: We are not done yet – Equality for Women in the 21st Century. The program will include a Spelling Bee coordinated by the Coeur d’Alene Branch. Housing at ISU is available – please contact Co-presidents Pat or Bonnie for information.
Equity is still an issue
AAUW updated our report The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap with the latest numbers. Check it out: http://bit.ly/14773Iy.
Equal Pay Day is April 8, 2014, so it’s time to plan events. The national website has everything you need to know! Let us know what your branch is doing. 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. Check out the KPVI interview with Pocatello Branch Co-president Linda Leeuwrik and Princess Young 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
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.
The 2014 Idaho Legislature is in session! 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.
Crossing the Line (2011) AAUW’s Research Report
Review the most comprehensive research to date on sexual harassment in grades 7-12, revealing sobering statistics about the prevalence of sexual harassment and the negative impact on students’ education.