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.  facebook follow blue


Join us for education, community programs, legislative advocacy, research and scholarships for women.  We welcome new members to join our branch. Contact us: aauwnaperville@hotmail.com

AAUW Naperville Area Used Book Sale: Dscn8854bJune 15 – 18, 2016

Donate books to the AAUW Used Book Drives to support scholarships, fellowships and more equity mission driven programs. Next drive is  June 4, 9 am – 12 noon; Dist. 203 Administration Building


National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL)
Naperville AAUW Sponsored Attendees Will Travel to Washington D.C. June 2, 2016

Emily Salomone, North Central College, and Reenie Baidya, Benedictine University will attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders June 2-4, 2016 at the University of Maryland.

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 outstanding women. Also, there are opportunities to visit Washington, DC and talk with women who work on Capitol Hill. This is the fifth year the Naperville Area AAUW branch has sponsored two college student leaders.DSCN8833

May 7, 2016 – White Eagle Country Club We celebrated our AAUW Naperville Area Branch 60th Anniversary and selected a special Woman of the Year
Peggy Frank,
retired executive director of Naper Settlement

and awarded the 2016 Angeline Gale Memorial Scholarship to Eryn Krueger, who attends Benedictine University.


NEW Research report: Bias and Barriers
The research is based on the issue of why the number of women in leadership roles is less than men. The report identifies reasons and how to address them to change the situation. A key factor is implicit bias. You can take an online quiz to determine your level of implicit bias against women in leadership roles.

TechSavvy2014April 16, 2016 AAUW Tech Savvy Program was attended by 165 middle school girls plus adults at Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL.
Girls chose from 12 hands-on science, technology, engineering or math activities such as robotics, DNA, apps, electric circuitry, architecture or astronomy as well as personal savvy skills workshops in the afternoon. The Naperville AAUW branch is co-sponsoring this program and assisting as volunteers in coordinating the participants and supporting workshop presenters.

International Women’s Day – Contextualizing Malala: Gender, Islam and South Asia
Dr. Shereen Ilahi, Associate Professor of History at North Central College, presented contemporary issues affecting women in South Asia to contextualize the recent Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and her fight for women’s rights in Pakistan.

 Immigration Facts & Challenges

ImmDscn8483smigration has been a “hot” topic for almost all of our history. Presentation of the facts about immigrants’ legal status and economic issues such as welfare, wages and ability to pay taxes. Discover the challenges today’s immigrants have to face and how our immigrant population is changing.

Our expert speakers:

Susan Bachmeier, Immigrant Legal Services Senior Specialist, World Relief, Aurora,
IL, moved to the US in 2002 from Peru.
Shirley Sadjadi, Principal Attorney and founder, law offices of Shirley Sadjadi, Elgin,
IL, has been practicing exclusively in the area of immigration for over 20 years.

Research report: Solving the Equation
From the research team who brought you Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics comes a deeper dive into engineering and computing, fields that offer 80 percent of STEM jobs but still boast dismal numbers of women students and workers. Solving the Equation focuses on engineering and computing fields.

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

Past Program highlights:

Dscn8358rev2 Sept. Potluck & Rally:  Female Naperville City Council members, Becky Anderson, Judith Brodhead, Patty Gustin and Rebecca Boyd-Obarski,  shared their motivations to run for elected office, how they were successful and what contributions they will make to council deliberations and decisions.
April 2015 Equal PayDay Program: Is That Your Best Offer? Negotiation Skills for Women
Are you in a job search? 
Naperville Area AAUW program  explores the latest pay gap research and legislative progress; how to prepare for salary negotiations via online research for specific positions and locations; and successful negotiation techniques, role play and discussion. This program is for women re-entering the workforce and new graduates.

February 2015 Human Trafficking in Our Own Backyard
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.

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.

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2014 What I Wish I Had Known Before Going to College Snelgrove Terry_DecisionSM

A community program for junior and senior high school girls who plan to go to college. Program included 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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