Welcome to the AAUW Boise Area Branch Website

The Boise Area Branch 

The Boise Area Branch was formed in 1909 and originally named the College Women’s Club. Jane Hoover served as the first president. At that time, the national organization was called the Association of Collegiate Alumnae (ACA), and in 1910 a delegate was sent to the national convention in Denver, Colorado. Over the years, the branch has been a powerful voice for equity in Idaho’s capital city.women with signs at U.S. capitol

The branch meets monthly, September through May. Elected officers for the 2016-2017 term are:  Sylvia Chariton, president; Susan Lamberson, president-elect; Dena Duncan, membership vice president; Carolyn Lunstrum and Kathy Reavy, program co-vice presidents; Cathy Ransom, finance officer; and Kris Hooker, secretary. Find complete board information on our Contact page.

Members with AAUW banner at Idaho CapitolOver the years, members have developed a number of eclectic interest groups, which bring like-minded women together to address cultural and social topics, and to have fun!  See the Interest Groups page for more information and get in on the fun.

Sylvia Chariton, Lilly Ledbetter, Julie Custer June 2015

Sylvia Chariton, Lilly Ledbetter and Boise Area Branch President Julie Custer, June 2015

Upcoming programs will be posted to the Boise Branch Calendar as they become available; time and location are added as they are confirmed. For more information, consult the most recent newsletter, posted in the sidebar.  Visit our About page to learn more about us and what we do, and read more about the branch’s community involvement on our Special Projects page.

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Three generations of Boise AAUW women!

State conventions are held every two years, hosted by an Idaho branch. The 2016 AAUW Idaho Convention was hosted by the AAUW Coeur d’Alene Branch. Find state and national convention information on our AAUW Idaho website or the AAUW Idaho Calendar page.

2016–2017 News Clips 

AAUW Idaho members flock to the Idaho State Capitol and Boise City Hall to celebrate the Women’s March on Idaho, January 21, 2017

    • Tuesday, March 14.  Special Elections: Boise School Bond.
      Support local Boise schools. West Ada School District Plant Levy Election. Support maintenance of existing school buildings.
    • AAUW Annual 2017 Art Contest. The submission and voting period for the 2017 art contest has passed. Winner announcement – Early March. The six winning entries will be featured in a collection of note cards mailed to AAUW members in the spring.
    • Online AAUW book discussion with Linda Hirshman, author of Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World
      Date : March 28, 2017
      Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
      Location: Online (You just need to register.)
      Cost: Free   Click here to learn more and register.
    • The Idaho Legislative Session convened on January 9, 2017. The AAUW Statehouse Lobby Corps is prepared to take our issues to the Idaho Capitol during the session. Members should contact Lobby Corps leaders to get involved, to make your voice heard. Check the AAUW Idaho Advocacy page for more information on how to participate with the group, contact your legislators, or write a letter to the editor.  Connect and make a difference.
    • 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.)

    • Women have been running for president of the United States since 1872 — before women even had the right to vote. This year, two high-profile women entered the race, and Hillary Clinton has now become the first female presidential nominee of a major political party. Here are some of the women who have tried to crack the ultimate glass ceiling.
      Simple Truth About Gender Pay Gap 2017
  • Women working full time in the United States typically are paid just 80 percent of what men were paid. The figure is even more dire for African-American, Hispanic or Latino women. While many occupations have managed to narrow or even close the pay gap, disparity still exists.AAUW’s The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap addresses the issues such as the pay gap in each state; the pay gap by age, race/ethnicity, and education; guidance for women facing workplace discrimination; resources for fair pay advocates etc.Interested in learning more about these issues and preparing for Equal Pay Day? Click here for the full report and details.
  • 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. Maatz also attended the branch’s Happy Hour and spoke at the fall Welcome Back Brunch.
    Lisa Maatz

    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

  • The 2016 AAUW Idaho State Convention was held August 12-14, 2016 in beautiful Coeur d’Alene. Branch members from around the state enjoyed an excellent program and fellowship. Thank you to the Coeur d’Alene Branch team members who graciously hosted the gathering.
  • On May 7, 2016, the branch ended the program year with a bang at our annual Spring Luncheon and Silent Auction at the Riverside Hotel.  Next year’s slate of officers was installed, and 66 members and guests raised over $5,000 at the fabulous auction. Outgoing President Julie Custer received a special award for her service, and extended thanks to all the luncheon attendees for their generosity. An extra special thank you went to Kay Reed, Linda Anderson, Marci Lingo, and Mary Ruckh for their countless hours of hard work in making the year’s auction such a huge success. Another shout out went to Andy Gibson and Mary Slaughter for coordinating the luncheon and all the other special events this past year, and to Wes Gibson for his photos.
  • Our branch actively supports STEM education! Visit our Special Projects page to see what STEM Chair Donna Looze is working on.
  • AAUW is working to end sexual violence on campus.  Check out this resource for students, schools and advocates.