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.

Human Trafficking in Our Own Backyard
February 10, 2015 7 pm networking, 7:15 program
at Celebration Community Life Center, 919 S Washington St., Naperville
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.

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.

Alison (Riechert) Bell
Alison 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 Discussion groups:
The  Afternoon Book Browsers will be held at Cheryl Trent’s house at 12:30 pm on Thursday, January 22.  We will be discussing the book Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. Please join us for an interesting discussion.  RSVP to Cheryl at 630-357-4791 or email her at cd1143@aol.com

Evening Book Discussion meeting at 7 pm on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. RSVP to Hostess:
Still Alice is a debut novel by Lisa Genova that conveys the story of a 50 year old woman’s descent into early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Alice Howland is a celebrated professor at Harvard with a happy marriage, three grown children and a house on the Cape.
Discussion will be led by Sally Adrian and the hostess will be Sue Mortenson, 28W641 Leverenz, Naperville, IL  Please notify Sue at suemort@juno.com or 630 983 9838

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


Video AAUW Breaking Through Barriers

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 June 5-7, 2014

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 Angeline Gale Memorial Scholarship Awarded

Many qualified applicants competed for our Angeline Gale Memorial Scholarship. The 2014 Angeline Gale Scholarship was awarded by the Naperville Area AAUW to Amanda Lesley. She is currently working as a school nurse, caring for her 1 year old son and taking courses at Northern Illinois University to complete her Bachelor of Nursing degree.  She impressed the scholarship committee with her drive to reach her goal, and perhaps to eventually earn a master’s degree as well.

2014 Woman of the Year was presented to Ida Lynn Wenhold, Executive Director of Kids Matter for her efforts to create programs that improve the lives and opportunities of women, youth and families. IdaLynn has a passion for encouraging and implementing new groups and organizations when a need is apparent. She started a preschool at Good Shepherd Church and a young adults group that has grown in size and outreach. She also initiated a program called SHINE that works with patients at DuPage Convalescent Center. Another passion is reaching out to women who lack meaningful relationships and support in a transient community like Naperville. In response she developed a team of women to create a Tuesday morning outreach program called Growth Groups. IdaLynn serves on the board of the DuPage Youth Services Coalition, and is a partner with 360 Youth Services’ Power of Choice initiative.

 Keynote speaker, Katherine Day Good, a 2013-2014 AAUW American Fellowship recipient, will present The Origins of the Global Classroom. Her research examines the history of grassroots and global media use in American culture, with a focus on schools’ use of media to internationalize education in the early twentieth century. Katie is a Ph.D. candidate in the Media, Technology, and Society program at Northwestern University. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and the Social Science Research Council.

What I Wish I Had Known Before Going to College
March 2014, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, North Central 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.

2014-02-11_AAUW_Program_Healthcare_PanelKathleen H. Goss, PhD, Senior Science Writer and Director of Strategic Partnerships, University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
Julie Jensen, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Board Certified
Kelly Vuong, MD, Internal Medicine, Board Certified

  Naperville Area AAUW Facebook page

2013 Education Funding Roundtable Discussion