Welcome to the Naperville Area (IL) Branch of AAUW!

AAUW (formerly known as the American Association of University Women) advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. The AAUW Naperville Area, Illinois Branch was chartered April 20, 1956.

Girl Rising Video Showing – Impact of Education of Girls Worldwide   Girlrising
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 7:00 pm
Celebration Community Life Center, 919 S Washington, Naperville
Around the world girls face barriers to education that boys do not,
but educating girls can break the cycle of poverty in just one
generation.  Watch these international stories of the lasting impact
education has on girls, families, communities, and nations.
Girl Rising video screening & discussion in collaboration with
Lions Clubs of Naperville.

Future monthly programs:

2015 Angeline Gale Memorial Scholarship Application available.

Great Decisions international policies discussions begin.

Human Trafficking in Our Own Backyard
February, 2015 

Human trafficking in DuPage/Will/Kane counties: get the facts, learn the extent of the crime, local anti-trafficking coalitions, human service agencies and how you can help. Bring a friend or prospective member with you. The program is also open to the public.
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Chris Baker, former graffiti muralist from Los Angeles, is currently a tattoo artist who has found a way to use his artistic gifts to help sex trafficking victims reclaim their lives. He works with law enforcement in transforming the signs of a dark past into something beautiful.

AAlison (Riechert) Belllison Bell serves as the Director of Program for Aurora with World Relief DuPage/Aurora and sits on the Illinois Human Trafficking Task Force. With a BA and MA in Urban Studies, Alison Bell manages social services and case management for refugees, asylees, and victims of human trafficking as well as overseeing coordination of the Refugee Services, Education Services, and Immigrant Legal Services programs in Aurora.

book group_0212Book Discussion groups:
The  Afternoon Book Browsers will will be held at Charlotte Szromba’s home at 12:30 on Feb 26th. This month’s book is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Inspired by the true story of early-nineteenth-century abolitionist and suffragist Sarah Grimké, Kidd paints a
moving portrait of two women inextricably linked by the horrors of slavery. Join us for an interesting discussion. RSVP to Charlotte at 630-548-2504 or email her at cszromba@att.net.

Evening Book Discussion on Thursday, February 19, we will meet at the home of Peggy Main at 7 PM to discuss the non fiction book, King Peggy by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman. This is the real life story of an American secretary who became an African king in Qtuam on the west coast of Africa. This memoir chronicles the Peggy’s astonishing adventures as she discovers the reality behind the fairy tale town. Please join us for a discussion of this interesting book.

The group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7PM. Charlotte Szromba is the discussion group coordinator. For more information contact Charlotte cszromba@att.net

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Why So Few  A panel of experts discuss why so few women are in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers. Research report (pdf document.)

National Conference for College Women Student Leaders May 28-30, 2015

2014 Naperville AAUW Sponsored Attendees Sarah Kott, North Central College student, and Kathleen Roe, Benedictine University student, were selected to attend the National Conference for College Women Leaders at the University of MD. The conference includes a series of leadership sessions and keynote speakers. In an evening ceremony, awards are presented to women of distinction and participants are able to talk with these women. Also, there are opportunities to chat with women who work on Capitol Hill. This is the third year the Naperville Area AAUW branch has sponsored two students.

2014 What I Wish I Had Known Before Going to College

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A community program for junior and senior high school girls who plan to go to college. Program includes a keynote speaker, college student panel, door prizes and skills workshops such as communication, time management, decision making and resolving conflicts.


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