Welcome to the AAUW Boise Area Branch Website

The Boise Area Branch 

AAUW members with banner at Boise March for Our Lives, 3/24/18

A family affair! Boise Branch member Carrie Noriega, with husband and daughter, carry the AAUW banner at the Boise March For Our Lives, 03/24/18

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.

The branch meets monthly, September through May. Elected officers for the 2018-2019 term are:  Kay Reed and Kathy Scott, co-presidents; Linda Simmons, president-elect; Andy Gibson and David Scott, membership co-vice presidents; Norma Lloyd and Carolyn Moore, program co-vice presidents; Jaime Moss, finance officer; and Mary Ruckh, 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. The Boise Area Branch hosted the 2018 convention. Find state and national convention information on our AAUW Idaho website or the AAUW Idaho Calendar page.

Donations will support STEM activities for local girls!

A very special THANK YOU to all those who contributed on May 3 (and beyond) to fund girls’ attendance at STEM camps.  Woo hoo!  The branch raised  $1,147 in our first year’s Idaho Gives effort!

In addition to funds raised on May 3, the branch raised STEM dollars through other successful and innovative fundraising activities.  On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, a check for $9,383.16 from AAUW Boise Area Branch was matched by $10,000 from Idaho STEM Action Center. AAUW & STEM AC contributed a joint amount of $1,200 to ACE Aviation for 20 aviation camp scholarships for teen girls. We jointly contributed $18,183.13 to Girl Scouts of the Silver Sage. Eighty percent of those funds will be for STEM camp scholarships, the remaining twenty percent will be donated to their new STEM Resource Room that is currently in the planning stages. You may still donate to this project on our Special Projects page.

In collaboration with the Girl Scouts of the Silver Sage, our goal is to send as many deserving girls as we can to their “Real Life Wonder Woman” weeklong STEM learning adventure.  Ace Aviation and Ace Academy Living Lab, in collaboration with Boise State University, introduces our sponsored teenage girls to the world of flying and aerodynamics. Check out the Ace Academy Living Lab video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9ydsLmkOsQ.  Let’s train girls to fly!!

BOISE, Idaho (Aug. 23, 2017) — GIRL POWER — Idaho First Lady Lori Otter (center) joined the Boise Area Branch of the American Association of University Women and the Idaho STEM Action Center in presenting a $12,789 check to Girl Scouts of Silver Sage at the Idaho State Capitol.

Due to the incredible generosity of AAUW Boise Area Branch members at last year’s silent auction, our branch donated $5,789 to the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage to provide scholarships for Girl Scouts to attend STEM camps. The branch was honored to partner with the Idaho STEM Action Center on this worthwhile effort. Others pictured were (left to right) Finia Dinh (STEM Action Center); Joanne Taylor (Girl Scouts of Silver Sage); the First Lady; Jeanie Pattan (Girl Scouts of Silver Sage); and Boise Area Branch President Sylvia Chariton, who represented members at the presentation.

AAUW leaders 2017

Eva Rodriguez, AAUW Student Advisory Council delegate at BSU and Ana Costa, AAUW International Fellow at BSU


We had the opportunity to meet and hear from two outstanding AAUW women at our 2017 holiday luncheon: Ana Costa from Brazil, who received an AAUW International Fellowship for her Masters of Public Administration at Boise State University, and Eva Rodriguez, who has been appointed as a delegate to the AAUW Student Advisory Council. Eva is also a BSU student.

Equal Pay Day and the Gender Pay Gap: Read the Report
You’ve probably heard that men are paid more than women are paid over their lifetimes. But what does that mean? Are women paid less because they choose lower-paying jobs? AAUW’s The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap succinctly addresses these issues by going beyond the widely reported 80 percent statistic. April 10, 2018 (Equal Pay Day) has come and gone, but the fight for fair pay carries on. Read the 2018 Public News Service article about the dismal state of Idaho’s pay gap with quotes from Boise Area Branch President Sylvia Chariton.
Read more.

Members join Branch Co-President Kathy Scott and Public Policy Chair Julie Custer at the Idahoans for Healthcare Rally at the Statehouse on July 6, 2018.

Members attended the Families Belong Together rally at the Statehouse on June 30, 2018.

Members representing AAUW march from the Idaho State Capitol to the Idaho Anne Frank Memorial in Boise to support the March for Health Care, July 15, 2017. Last two photos show Statehouse Lobby Corps members attending Health Care policy listening session, January 24, 2018.

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