Letters to the Editor

Custer & Scott letter: Reaction to election

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nonpartisan nationwide organization of women and men who advocate for issues that are important to women and families. The membership of AAUW Idaho and its six branches — Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Long Valley, Moscow, Orofino and Pocatello — represents a diversity of cultural and professional backgrounds as well as political party affiliations. Our branch members have been active in community and advocacy activities in Idaho since 1909. We are united in our opposition to bias and bigotry based on gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation.

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.

AAUW members are active citizens at the local, state and national level. AAUW Idaho’s Statehouse Lobby Corps has been and will continue to be involved in advocating for legislation that improves the lives of women and families. Conversely, we will vigorously oppose legislation that may negatively impact them.

Julie Custer and Kathy Scott, AAUW Idaho co-presidents, Boise