About IDWC

The IDWC is a forum for Idaho Democratic Women to focus on issues of concern, to increase involvement of women in the Democratic Party, to contribute to and to work for Democratic candidates, and to encourage and prepare more women to run for and be elected to public offices at all levels of government.

We are a proud member of the National Federation of Democratic Women.

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  • IDWC Annual Breakfast Meeting-Women Organize for Action

    Posted: January 25th, 2018

    Annual Breakfast Meeting

    Sunday, March 11, 2018 | 9 am | $25
    Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowner, 1800 Fairview Ave, Boise.

    Women Organize for Action

    Over the past year, America saw women organize for action. The strength of this effort was confirmed by the 2 nd Anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington. This universal action was marked with concurrent marches around the country including here in Boise at the State Capital. These marches drew thousands of women and men together to demonstrate for Women’s Empowerment. More importantly, this historic civil rights movement emboldened women around the country to take a greater role in our political process. In fact, more women than ever before are running for elective office. The Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus celebrates this momentous change. Furthermore, the IDWC is fully committed to making this potential political shift a reality.

    Consequently, we wholeheartedly invite Democratic Women throughout Idaho to show their support by gathering with us for our Annual Membership Meeting on March 11. If you believe in electing more Democratic Women to public office, we need you to join our organization and participate in making it a reality.

    To become a member, you must complete the Registration Form and pay member dues. Annual membership dues are $20. Seniors (65>) and students can join for $10.

    The Registration Form includes options to either join the caucus or renew an existing membership. Completing this section of the form is only necessary if you are registering as a new member or renewing your membership.

    If you intend to participate in the annual meeting, please check the box to include payment for the breakfast. Meeting admission, including the breakfast, is $25.  Although we would love to see you, attending the annual breakfast is not a prerequisite for membership.

    About the IDWC

    The IDWC advocates for women’s issues, educates women about the Democratic Party, supports Democratic candidates and prepares women to successfully run for office.

    Membership Meeting

    Although our annual membership meeting centers on enjoying a great breakfast and discussion, the agenda also includes the election of individuals to vacant IDWC leadership positions. Therefore, we encourage our members to stand for election. If this idea appeals to you, check out the details of our Membership Elections in the next section of this post.

    Membership Elections

    We will hold elections for the following positions:

    • IDWC Chair and Vice Chair
    • IDWC Region Directors (The open regions are 2, 4, and 6)

    Consequently, if you wish to be considered for a position, please submit your name and a summary of your qualifications to Barb Harris. If you seek to hold a Regional position, please include the region. Region info is available on our Contact page.

    Dottie Stimpson & Distinguished Woman Award Nominations

    Also, don’t forget that we are seeking nominees for the Dottie Stimpson and the Distinguished Woman awards. The Stimpson award honors an IDWC member who demonstrates perseverance, persistence, patience, passion, commitment and leadership. IDWC co-founder Dottie Stimpson inspired the award. The Distinguish Woman award, on the other hand, is a way for us to recognize the contributions of rising star.

    You can submit a nominee by filling out the online Nomination Form or submit the nomination details in an e-mail to our Committee Chair: Shirley McFaddan. All nominees must be active IDWC Members. Submission are due by February 15.

     

  • Women’s March Draws Women In Blue

    Posted: January 18th, 2018

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    Women’s March Draws Women In Blue to State Capital

    January 21, 2018 – Rally at 10:00 am at the Idaho State Capitol Steps

    The second annual Women’s March Draws Women In Blue to State Capital. Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus is joining in the Women’s March Anniversary Rally at the Idaho State Capitol steps on Sunday, January 21. The rally is an effort to refocus attention on the Women’s Movement and rally local Democrats to the cause. Democratic Women should wear blue t-shirts to the rally.

    Women in Blue will meet just inside the front door. Show your support by helping us create a sea of Blue!

     

    A Little History About the Women’s March

    The Women’s March is an effort to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities. Working together, the organization intends to create transformative social change. This women-led coalition educates women on a diverse range of issues like ending violence against women and improving the rights of women, workers, immigrants and other oppressed groups.  The group also serves as an entry points for new grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities through trainings, outreach programs and events. The movement is “committed to dismantling systems of oppression” using the principles of nonviolent resistance.

    On January 21, 2017, a Women’s March on Idaho took place in Boise in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington. It brought together thousands of Idahoans to raise awareness for women’s issues.  It was one of many ‘sister” marches which took place throughout the country.

     

  • 2017 IDWC Annual Meeting Concludes

    Posted: April 14th, 2017

    2017 IDWC Annual Meeting Concludes

    2017 IDWC Annual Meeting concludes with the election of three new Regional Directors and the selection of our 2017 Dottie Stimpson Award Winner.

    Christine Tiddens – Keynote Speaker

    Keynote Address

    To begin, we would like to thank Christine Tidden for giving the keynote address this year. Christine is the Policy Director for Idaho Asset Building Network and Close the Gap Idaho. She spoke about the status of healthcare in Idaho and the implications regarding the current efforts to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act aka “Obama Care”. We appreciate her knowledge and advocacy regarding this issue.

    Donna Pence-Winner of the 2017 Dottie Stimpson Award.

    Dottie Stimpson Award Winner

    In addition, we are also excited to announce that Donna Pence was selected to receive the Dottie Stimpson Award for 2017. Donna is a Blaine County Democrat. She was elected to the District 26B House Seat in 2004 and served 6 terms before retiring in 2016. She is still active in the party, currently serving as Gooding County Chairman and Vice Chairman of Legislative Dist 26. We are honored to recognize Donna.  Read Donna’s nomination letter.

    New Regional Directors

    Finally, we have three new Regional Directors to announce.  The following women stepped forward to fill existing vacancies. They are Pat Hartwell for Region 3, Karen Bliss for Region 5 and Julie Dahlgren for Region 7. We congratulate and thank them for their willingness to lead.

     

  • Calling on Democratic Women: Register Now for the IDWC Membership Meeting

    Posted: February 27th, 2017

    IDWC Annual Membership MeetingMembership Meeting

    Saturday, March 12, 2017 | 8 am | $25

    Hampton Inn, 495 S Capitol Blvd, Boise ID

     

    It is a Time for Action

    Our current political climate is fraught with uncertainty. Yet, it also offers an opportunity. Recent actions like the Women’s March on Washington have exposed the deep seated desire of millions of women (and many men) to organize against our current political leadership. It is a chance to effect change by taking a greater role in the political process. The Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus exists for this purpose. It is calling on motivated Democratic Women in Idaho to assemble at the Annual Membership Meeting on March 12. Together, we can change Idaho’s Government from the inside out.

    About the IDWC

    The IDWC works to achieve the following objectives:

    • advocating for women’s issues
    • educating women about the Democratic Party
    • supporting Democratic candidates
    • preparing women to successfully run for office

     

    Membership Meeting

    In addition to enjoying a great breakfast and discussion, you* will help elect individuals to fill IDWC leadership positions. If you would like to be a candidate for leadership, take a look at the details in the next section of this article.

    You must complete the Registration Form to attend this meeting. Admission, including the breakfast, is $25.

    *Attendees must be active members of the caucus. Membership dues are $20. Seniors (65>) and students can join for $10. The Registration Form includes options to either join the caucus or renew an existing membership. Completing this section of the form is not necessary if you are already an active member.

    Membership Elections

    We are holding elections for:

    • IDWC Secretary and Treasurer
    • IDWC Region Directors (The open regions are 1, 3, 5 and 7)

    If you want to be considered for a position, you must submit your name and a brief summary of your qualifications to Barb Harris. If you seek to hold a Regional position, please include the region. Region info is available on our Contact page.

    Dottie Stimpson Award Nominations

    Also, don’t forget that we are seeking nominees for the Dottie Stimpson Award. The award honors an IDWC member who has demonstrated perseverance, persistence, patience, passion, commitment and leadership. The award is named for IDWC co-founder Dottie Stimpson.

    You can submit a nominee by filling out the online Nomination Form or submit the nomination details in an e-mail to our Committee Chair: Shirley McFaddan. All nominees must be active IDWC Members. Submission are due by March 1.

     

  • Labor Day Ride & Shine

    Posted: August 16th, 2016

    North Idaho Labor Council & Spokane Regional Labor Council

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About IDWC

The IDWC is a forum for Idaho Democratic Women to focus on issues of concern, to increase involvement of women in the Democratic Party, to contribute to and to work for Democratic candidates, and to encourage and prepare more women to run for and be elected to public offices at all levels of government.

We are a proud member of the National Federation of Democratic Women.

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Past Dottie Stimpson Award winners

2017 Donna Pence
2016 Rita Haggardt
2015 Shelly Landry
2014 Jeanne Buell (Life Time Achievement)
2014 Michelle Stennett
2013 Barbara Barber
2012 Tamara Poelstra
2011 Betty Murphy
2010 Carolyn Boyce
2009 Deb Silver
2008 Barbara Harris
2007 Sally Gasser
2006 Marilyn Howard
2005 Sharon Van Slyke
2004 Angie Neitzel
2003 Lucille Randolph
2002 Molly Lazechko
2001 Virginia Cole

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