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 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 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.
AAUW Idaho Winter Board 2016
In addition to our visit from AAUW’s Lisa Maatz, the state board convened in Boise February 13-15. Monday, February 15, was AAUW Idaho Lobby Day at the Capitol. Read the post-meeting report, the Gem State Brief, on our News page.
Equal Pay Day. Visit fightforfairpay.org and find out what you can do to achieve pay equity.
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 email@example.com.
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.