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.

Tuesday, 7 pm Oct. 14, 2014
Program: Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care: The Current Status Locally, Nationally and Worldwide

Location: Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S Eagle, Naperville IL
Speaker: Brigid Leahy, Director of Government Relations, Planned Parenthood of Illinois

The landscape for family planning and other reproductive health care services has changed dramatically in recent years. What is the impact of the recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobby case? How are other policy changes affecting women’s access to reproductive care? What is the Illinois Birth Control Advisory Referendum, and where can you access the candidates’ views before the upcoming election?  How are state-wide and national trends evolving, and what is the status worldwide, particularly in developing countries?

Join us for closer look into these and other questions relating to this critical women’s issue.

Book Discussion groups:
The  Afternoon Book Browsers will be held at Diane Varsek’s house at 12:30 pm on Thursday, September 25.  We will be discussing the book Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury.
Please join us for an interesting discussion.  RSVP to Diane at 815- 729-9380 or email her at dvarsek@aol.com.

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty is the selection for our first Evening Book Discussion meeting at 7 pm on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. This captivating novel is about the woman who chaperoned a young, irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in the 1920s, who later became a famous silent film star. Drawing on the rich history of the period, the author illustrates how rapidly everything from fashion to values and attitudes were rapidly changing during these times.

The group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7PM. Ann Lawrence is the discussion leader and hostess for this book discussion on Sept 18. Please join us for an interesting dialogue about this fascinating time in our history. RSVP to Ann that you plan to attend.

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.

May 10, 2014 – Annual Meeting and Awards Brunch
Elections of new officers:  Co Vice-Presidents for Program: Lee Eastman and Elaine Fisher
Treasurer: Todra Oken
The Branch Service Award was awarded to Sharon Doeseckle in honor of her prior years of branch service, and currently expanding the Bridge Program which provides funding for local scholarships.

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.

Have you heard that recommendations about healthcare screenings for
women are changing? Should we be concerned with over-diagnosis or
over-treatment? A panel of medical professionals help us to sort fact
from fiction and learn practical strategies for taking care of our health.

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

November 2013 Education Funding in Illinois Roundtable Discussion

Guest speakers included  Peg Agnos, executive director of LEND, Curt Bradshaw – Illinois State Board of Education, Senator Michael Connelly – 21st district, Senator Christine Radogno, Illinois Senate Republican Leader, Larry Joseph, director of the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children, Representative Ron Sandack – 81st district, Representative Darlene Senger – 41st district.



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.)