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

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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.

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Lisa Maatz addresses attendees at 2016 Andrus Center Women and Leadership Conference

Tracy Andrus introduces Lisa Maatz

Tracy Andrus introduces AAUW’s Lisa Maatz, keynote speaker at 2016 Andrus Center Women and Leadership Conference

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.

AAUW Idaho President Kathy Scott

AAUW Idaho President Kathy Scott, February 11, 2016

AAUW Idaho Winter Board 2016

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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.

Equal Pay Day.  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

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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.

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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.