The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of more than Spring luncheon 2014170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 branches, 800 college/university institution partners, and over 100 student organizations.
Julie, Pauline at Unhappy Hour 2015

Since 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic and political. View a pictorial history of AAUW’s place in women’s history here.  Our commitment to our mission is reflected in all aspects of our work.

AAUW Idaho State Convention, hosted by Boise Area Branch, June 2018

Margit Heist, SusannahAAUW’s Mission and Value Promise
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. By joining  AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.

BSU Women's Basketball Family Event, January 14, 2017

BSU Women’s Basketball Family Event, January 14, 2017

The Boise Area Branch has been active in the community since 1909.  In 2001, Patricia Wickman and Karen Svea Johnson collaborated on The Boise Branch of the American Association of University Women in the 20th Century: A History, which describes our local organization in a broader historical context.

Branch membership smpicnic2currently exceeds 250 men and women, thanks to the dedication and hard work of our leadership.  In 2014, Julie Custer took the lead in securing 501(c)(3) nonprofit status for the AAUW Boise Area Branch, Inc.

Public Policy VP Gayle Wilde

The branch holds monthly meetings September to May, with many program meetings open to the public.  Please visit our Calendar page for scheduled programs.  Visit our Membership page and join our community!

Branch President Sylvia Chariton and Idaho Co-president Julie Custer, Andrus Center's Women and Leadership Conference, September 2016

Branch President Sylvia Chariton and Idaho Co-president Julie Custer, Andrus Center’s Women and Leadership Conference, September 2016

The branch is actively engaged in public policy work throughout the year, and maintains a presence at the Statehouse during the Idaho legislative session.  Visit our AAUW of Idaho Advocacy page to see what issues the AAUW Idaho Statehouse Lobby Corps is tracking, and view photos on our Special Projects page to see the branch in action.

Mayor signing Equal Pay Day Proclamation, April 2014

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter signs the Branch’s Equal Pay Day Proclamation, April 2014

Branch members support local scholarships and work on special projects like Title IX, Project Recognition and STEM. Our many fundraisers enable us to support local projects, team with like-minded allies, and further AAUW’s mission.


The branch hosts several fundraisers throughout the year with proceeds used to fund special projects including STEM activities for girls and scholarships.

Julie Custer working at annual garage sale 2015

Branch President Julie Custer, 4th Annual Garage Sale, 2015

  • Thanks again to generous donors and hard-working branch members, the Garage Sale held September 9, 2017, was another huge success.  Proceeds totaling $2,866.43 will be used to fund branch projects. Kudos to everyone that participated, and special thanks to event chairs Kathy Scott and Julie Custer.
  • The annual Spring Luncheon and Silent Auction was held May 7, 2016 at The Riverside Hotel.  The fabulous Silent Auction, organized by Kay Reed, netted over $5,000 to help fund next year’s branch activities, with a portion going to national to advance AAUW goals.  See the photo gallery below for a few highlights of this fun event.