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.


Memorial Day
Remember our veterans and their service to us all.  Memorial day


We welcome new members to join our branch. Contact us: aauwnaperville@hotmail.com

Future programs:

Naperville AAUW Book Donation Drives: May 30 & June 7
AAUW Used Book drives in progress. Donate your books at the next drive May 30.

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Book Discussion selections for May
The Afternoon Book Browsers will be held at 12:30 pm on will be held at at Todra Oken’s home at 12:30 on May 28th. This month’s book is Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure.  This novel is set in Paris during the Nazi occupation. Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn’t really believe in. The intrigue, new alliances and tension of not knowing who you can trust keeps you involved in this story to the end.

RSVP to Todra at  todraoken@att.net to join us for an interesting discussion.

book group_0212Evening Book Discussion on Thursday, May 21st, will meet promptly at 7 PM at Mary Ann Buckman’s home to discuss the book, The Faith Club; A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew: Three Women Searching for Understanding by R. Idiby, S. Oliver and P. Warneris.   For more information on this group, contact Charlotte cszromba@att.net

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

2015 Naperville AAUW Sponsored Attendees Selected
Allyson Martens, North Central College student, and Dana Cornish, 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 outstanding women. Also, there are opportunities to chat with women who work on Capitol Hill. This is the fourth year the Naperville Area AAUW branch has sponsored two college students.

Past Program highlights:

May  Awards Brunch & Annual Meeting 

Join us to celebrate a special Woman of the Year Stephanie Penick, award the 2015 Angeline Gale Memorial Scholarship to Marcia Williams and install new officers. Our keynote speaker from Canada, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, will share how AAUW Funds supported her professional advancement. 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.


Equal PayDay Program: Is That Your Best Offer? Negotiation Skills for Women, April , 2015
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.

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.

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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.)


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 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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