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

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

All AAUW members in Idaho are invited and encouraged to join us in Coeur d’Alene this summer for an action-packed convention. The AAUW Coeur d’Alene Branch is hard at work arranging fun activities to complement the many informative and useful activities of convention.

The branch is securing local members’ homes for guests accommodations and will provide additional lodging recommendations. The convention is being held on the campus of North Idaho College, a lovely setting to conduct AAUW business. Ellie Hill, an AAUW national board member, will be attending to update us on AAUW issues, and AAUW Training and Program Manager Erica Stout will provide training. We are also excited that AAUW Boise Area Branch President, Sylvia Chariton, will conduct a training session on Title IX which will be 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.

For detailed AAUW Idaho State Convention information and registration materials, download a copy of the Convention 2016 Gem State Bulletin here. You may also download a copy of the 2016 State Convention Agenda here.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your AAUW Idaho State Board members and your AAUW sisters from other Idaho regions. We are all working to make lives better for girls and young women. This is our chance to have a little fun while we learn and enjoy each other’s company. Please join us!  More details will follow as plans are finalized.

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!


AAUW Idaho President Kathy Scott

AAUW Idaho President Kathy Scott, February 11, 2016

AAUW Idaho Winter Board 2016


Maribeth Alder presents Julie Custer with the ‘Keep the Ball Rolling Award’ – February 14, 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.




AAUW Idaho Summer Board 2015

2015 Summer Board in McCall

2015 Summer Board in McCall

The board met in McCall September 19 & 20. The group set the course for the coming year, determined goals and priorities, and approved the budget.  We enjoyed dinner at the home of Gayle Wilde, where entertainment was provided by a Long Valley student. On Sunday, Pocatello leader Linda Leeuwrick offered branch marketing training to the group. Stay tuned for meeting highlights in the next Gem State Brief.

AAUW Idaho Winter Board 2015

President Kathy Scott introducing Kelly Miller, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

President Kathy Scott introducing Kelly Miller, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

Winter Board was held in Boise February 14-16, 2015.  Lobby Day at the Capitol was Monday, the 16th. Members from around the state enjoyed an informative, insightful agenda. Find program highlights in the Gem State Brief on our News page.

AAUW Idaho State Convention 2014

2014 installation of officers

Dave Kirkwood, AAUW national rep, installing 2014-2016 elected officers: Julie Custer, funds chair; Gayle Wilde, public policy VP; Kathy Scott, president; and Pat Alpine, finance officer (not pictured are Carol Stirling, membership VP and Kitty Geidl, secretary)

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!

AAUW Idaho 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.

Sylvia Chariton at Equal Pay Day event 2015

AAUW Idaho Lobby Corps Co-captain Sylvia Chariton at 2015 Equal Pay Day UnHappy Hour, Boise

Equal Pay Day was April 14, 2015.   Visit fightforfairpay.org and find out what you can do to achieve pay equity.

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.