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.

great decisions smGreat Decisions International Policy Discussions begin January 14 at Naper Boulevard Library at 7:15 pm
Open to members and public!  Topics are:

Middle East Alliances, The Rise of ISIS,
The Future of Kurdistan, Migration, The Koreas,
The United Nations, Climate Change, & Cuba and the U.S.

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

Experts shared Immigration Facts & Challenges

ImmDscn8483smigration has been a “hot” topic for almost all of our history. This year’s Presidential campaign has brought even more harsh rhetoric on the subject. 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. She was a leader in transitioning the
organization’s Aurora office to be a recognized site with the Board of Immigration
Appeals, where she serves as an accredited representative.
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
including several years as an attorney advisor with the U.S. Department of Justice,
Executive Office for Immigration Review. She is an active member of the Chicago
Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association where she serves on the
advocacy and EOIR Liaison committees.

National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL)
Naperville AAUW Sponsored Attendees Traveled to Washington D.C.

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Allyson Martens, North Central College, and Dana Cornish, Benedictine University attended the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.

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 fourth year the Naperville Area AAUW branch has sponsored two college student leaders.

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.

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. BBQ 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.


We celebrated a special Woman of the Year Stephanie Penick and awarded the 2015 Angeline Gale Memorial Scholarship to Marcia Williams. Our keynote speaker from Canada, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, shared how AAUW Funds supported her professional advancement and performance art. Her degree is a Master of Fine Arts and her field of study: Studio Art/Performance. She attends the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Vanessa Dion Fletcher is a Potawatomi and Lenape artist. Her Vanessa Dion_Fletcherresearch is based in traditional native artistic practices, storytelling, oral performances, and material culture. Her work has been exhibited at Art Mûr in Montreal, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, and the Aboriginal Art Centre at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.


November 2014 Tech Savvy Program for girls at IIT Rice Campus, Wheaton IL. TechSavvy2014
The Naperville AAUW branch co-sponsored the program and assisted as volunteers in coordinating the participants and supporting workshop presenters.

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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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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