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.

Otterness women

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.

Members representing AAUW march from Idaho State Capitol to the Idaho Anne Frank Memorial in Boise to support the March for Health Care, July 15, 2017.

  • 2014-2015 AAUW International Fellow Petreena Campbell pursued her Ph.D. in Pharmacology

    Apply for AAUUW’s Fellowships and Grants Today!  AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. Follow in the footsteps of award-winning authors, scientists, scholars, and change makers. Apply today!

  • Equal Pay Day was April 4, 2017. Women working full time in the United States typicallyEqual Pay Makes Cents 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.
  • mother's deserve equal payEach May, families around the country celebrate Mother’s Day, honoring the special women in their lives. Yet after all the praise we heap on moms, did you know that many can expect barriers in the workforce? Mothers typically are paid only 73 cents for every dollar fathers are paid. It’s called the “motherhood penalty,” and it’s a persistent problem for all women, not just mothers, working in America. Read more.
  • Storming the Capital with AAUW
    Storming the Capital - Coretta Scott King is picturedThe very first convention in Washington, D.C., was held in October 1892. The 1890s were a period of tremendous societal change and technological advances, and women were playing a more active role in society than ever before (sound familiar). Since then, our association has convened in the nation’s capital 13 times, tying with Boston for the most frequented convention city! Learn more about the history of AAUW’s Convention in Washington, D.C. and the women’s history to be explored during the 49th AAUW National Convention from June 14 to 17, 2017.  Read more.

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