A special thank you goes to the incomparable Lisa Maatz, AAUW VP of Government Relations, for her dynamic presentation in Boise on February 11, 2016, Advocacy Can Change the Course of Public Policy.  As AAUW’s top policy expert and a familiar face on Capitol Hill, Maatz shared stories and offered insight into strategies to advocate more effectively on issues that impact women and families. We also thank esteemed Idaho legislative reporter and Spokesman-Review journalist Betsy Z. Russell for moderating the Q&A session.
To listen to a podcast of Maatz’s remarks during her appearance at the Andrus Center for Public Policy’s “Politics for Lunch” series on February 11, 2016, click here.

2016—2017 Headlines


            • Winter Board in Boise took place February  18 & 19, 2017. Members and leaders from around Idaho met and learned from a STEM panel of experts, discussed new community leadership opportunities, and conducted AAUW Idaho’s business.
            • AAUW’s December 9, 2016 issue of Washington Update featured a State Spotlight on Idaho:The Idaho Statesman published a letter to the editor from AAUW of Idaho co-presidents Julie Custer and Kathy Scott. Their letter featured a reaction to the 2016 election, which stated, “Our disappointment with the outcome of the presidential election is not because of the political party that President-elect Donald Trump represents. Our disappointment is with the positions he has taken on many issues that could adversely affect women, families, and underrepresented minorities.” Custer and Scott highlighted AAUW of Idaho’s dedication to advocacy dating back to 1909. Their letter makes clear that AAUW Idaho’s Statehouse Lobby Corps will continue to vigorously support legislation that improves the lives of women and families.

              (NOTE: This opinion piece was subsequently published in newspapers in Coeur d’Alene, McCall, Sandpoint, Sun Valley, Twin Falls and Spokane, WA. Read the entire guest opinion piece here.)

            • We are delighted to announce good news regarding our longtime AAUW Coeur d’Alene Branch member, Tina Gospodnetich. For over 30 years, Soroptomist  International of Coeur d’Alene has honored the accomplishments of local CDA women who have made contributions to the community. Tina Gospodnetich is receiving the 2016 Women of Distinction award for years of volunteer service and most recently, her work with the CDA Youth Marimba Band. Bravo Tina!
            • The Actual State of My State
              Every year governors across the country offer up their assessments of the state of their respective states. While each one undoubtedly claims, “The state of our state is strong,” it is unfortunately less common for governors to examine the issues that AAUW members prioritize. In 2016, of the 42 governors who gave speeches or wrote addresses, only two governors discussed equal pay. Check out where your state ranks nationally, and learn about the existing state laws.
            • April 12, 2016, was Equal Pay Day.  AAUW Idaho Vice President of Public Policy Gayle Wilde’s opinion piece was published in the Idaho Statesman Wilde urged legislators to ensure fair pay for working women at the state level, as Congress has yet to pass the comprehensive Paycheck Fairness Act. Read the pdf version of the op-ed here.

AAUW Idaho Winter Board 2016

  • Winter Board 2016 was held February 12-15 in Boise. Read the post-meeting report, the Gem State Brief, for highlights.  Further, you may read the Winter Board 2016 issue of the Gem State Bulletin for pre-meeting details about Boise’s annual state board meeting and events around Lisa Maatz’s visit to Idaho.

Maribeth Alder presents Julie Custer with the ‘Keep the Ball Rolling Award’ – February 14, 2016

          • AAUW Supports Early Learning with Idaho AEYC
          • The Idaho Statesman published a guest opinion piece about Title IX written by Boise Area Branch President-elect Sylvia Chariton.  Chariton succinctly summarized the law’s many unknown benefits. Learn more about AAUW’s work on Title IX here.
          • The state and Boise Area Branch actively support STEM education. Visit the branch’s Special Projects page to see what STEM Chair Donna Looze has planned for the coming year.
          • Washington D.C. Scotus Marriage Equality Celebration AAUW Idaho President Kathy Scott was in Washington, D.C., for the celebration of the SCOTUS marriage equality decision.
          • “Women, Their Rights, and Nothing Less”
            How can you use AAUW’s free online learning module about the suffrage movement? Attend our webinar to learn how to implement this material into local high school and college and university partner classrooms.
        • AAUW is working to end sexual violence on campus.  Check out this resource for students, schools and advocates.
historical map of Idaho branches

Historical Map of Idaho Branches

      • Get the latest wage gap number facts here. A woman working full time, year-round still typically takes home 77 cents for every dollar a man takes home. The gap is even worse for women of color.
      • Here are some startling economic facts to consider when becoming an activist: *Idaho is 49th in the nation in per pupil expenditures. *Idaho has the highest number per capita of minimum wage jobs. *Idaho is 50th in the nation in per capita income. *Idaho has the lowest percent of college students graduating. *This is the first time in over 20 years we have an outmigration of our 20-29 year-olds.
Kitty Geidl

Virtual visit with Idaho’s Kitty Geidl, 2014-16 AAUW Funds board member

Philanthropy is part of our Mission: Give generously to AAUW Funds
AAUW Idaho members donated $5,938 to various AAUW funds in 2012.  To learn more about the different AAUW funds and how to donate to the fund of your choice, please check out the funds diagram and donation information sheet. If you have questions, please contact our AAUW Idaho funds chair.

Rep. Simpson’s staff member with Gayle Wilde,
Bonnie Pfaff, Ingrid Adler and Kathy Scott, Washington DC 2011 National Convention

AAUW Idaho members may now blog with members nationwide on AAUW Dialog. Be a part of the conversation; check it out today! The AAUW Helpline has a new name: CONNECT2AAUW. This team of four dedicated individuals is now available to AAUW members and the public to respond to general inquiries, provide online support to end users, and field special requests with other departments and staff. Email 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year or call 800/326-2289 between 10 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, EST. Their goal is to respond within 24-48 business hours. Visit our Advocacy page to see what issues AAUW Idaho is working on and to get more information about how to get involved and make a difference.

Janet Houlihan, DVM; Keziah Sullivan, IRC; Kitty Geidl, AAUW – McCall, 2010 Idaho State Convention