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.

Holiday Party with a Purpose
Tuesday, Dec. 9 6:30 pm social, dinner 7 pm Cost: $29
Location: Traverso’s Restaurant, 2523 Plainfield-Naperville Rd., Naperville
Bring a guest! Enjoy dinner with fellow members and support victims of domestic violence and their children with donations to Family Shelter Services’ (FSS) Holiday Shoppe.

Menu: bruschetta, spinach artichoke dip, tossed house salad, chicken piccata, homemade cheese ravioli (a house specialty), dessert, coffee, tea, soda
Send your check now to Lee Eastman to reserve your place before Dec. 2.

At Holiday Shoppe FSS clients shop for free for their family in a welcoming and safe environment. Support FSS by bringing your donation of new, unwrapped:
* Children’s books (English & Spanish), puzzles, educational toys and games, arts and crafts supplies
* Gift cards: Visa, Wal-Mart, Target, Jewel, Walgreens, Kohl’s and gas stations
* Kids & women’s sweats, all sizes
For more info: contact   eastman.lee@att.net or (630) 219-3087

Book Discussion groups:
The  Afternoon Book Browsers will be held at Barb Bilardello’s house at 12:30 pm on Thursday, November 20.  We will be discussing the book The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.
Please join us for an interesting discussion.  RSVP to Barb at 630-420-1191 or email her at bbilardello@ameritech.net

Orphan Train: a Novel by Christina Baker Kline is the selection for our Evening Book Discussion meeting at 7 pm on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. RSVP to Hostess: Lorraine Yuccas email: lyuccas@wowway.com

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