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.

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.

AAUW’s Top Policy Leader Visits Boise in 2016

Lisa Maatz Advocacy Event, 2-11-16

Advocacy Can Change the Course of Public Policy, AAUW’s VP Government Relations Lisa Maatz and Betsy Z. Russell, February 11, 2016

A special thank you goes to the incomparable Lisa Maatz for her dynamic presentation, 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.  Visit our AAUW of Idaho News page to view the presentation and link to a podcast of Maatz’s remarks at the February 12, 2016 “Politics for Lunch” series at the Andrus Center for Public Policy.

Thank you to all of our allies that tabled at the Networking Fair. The following nonprofit organizations provided information about the work they do:
Andrus Center for Public Policy
Close The Gap Idaho
Go Lead Idaho
Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children
Idaho Women Lawyers
TransForm Idaho

Following Maatz’s remarks on February 11, Betsy Z. Russell, renowned Idaho legislative reporter, moderated a question-and-answer session. A special thank you to Russell, who took time from her busy schedule at the Statehouse during the session. Check out her blog, Eye on Boise, for all the latest developments at the Idaho Capitol.



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.
  • The final numbers are in for the 2015 Holiday Greens fundraiser, and Boise Area Branch members have broken another record, with 260 total items sold and 123 centerpieces donated to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance!   Branch President Julie Custer was thrilled that 123 families affected by domestic violence received fresh greens to brighten the holidays.
  • The branch’s Fourth Annual Garage Sale was Saturday, August 29, 2015, and net profits were the best ever! Funds raised will support the Lisa Maatz visit in February 2016 and the Inez Robb Scholarship. Chair Pauline Irish (again) expertly coordinated the effort. Thank you to the many extremely generous donations from members and all the volunteers who worked so hard pricing, hauling and selling all those items.

    Pauline Irish, Annual Garage Sale 2015

    Chair Pauline Irish, 4th Annual Garage Sale, August 29, 2015

  • Spring Luncheon Silent Auction 2015: All records were broken with receipts totaling $5,517.  Half of the proceeds will go to AAUW National to fund programs and research like Elect Her, $tart $mart, and the Legal Advocacy Fund, as well as to advance AAUW Research. The other half of the proceeds will go to our branch general fund to support local projects and activities.
  • 2014 Branch Holiday Greens Fundraiser a Huge Success — Chair Julie Custer reported that $1,916.61 went to the Inez Robb Scholarship Fund, thanks to the generosity of Boise Area Branch members and friends.
  • The Third Annual Garage Sale held July 26, 2014, brought in over $2,050 to fund the Inez Robb Memorial Scholarship.  Kudos to Pauline Irish and her team, and to all the members who contributed and worked on sale day!
  • Spring Luncheon Silent Auction 2014:  $3,200 was raised with proceeds benefitting branch activities and national funds.
  • Holiday Greens Fundraiser: The 2013 effort netted $1,024 for the Inez Robb Scholarship. The Holiday Party bake sale brought in an additional $278.

Happy Hour and Welcome Back Brunch with Special Guest Lisa Maatz, September 15 & 17, 2016

Spring Luncheon and Silent Auction at the Riverside, May 7, 2016
photos by Wes Gibson

2015 Photo Gallery


Washington D.C., June 26, 2015: SCOTUS Marriage Equality Decision. Branch member and AAUW Idaho President Kathy Scott attended the celebration.



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Washington D.C., June 26, 2015









For general information about Boise Area Branch activities and programs, please email aauwboise@hotmail.com.