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.

Saturday, May 16, 2015 Awards Brunch & Annual Meeting 9:00 am networking, 9:30-12:00 brunch & program. White Eagle Golf Club, 3400 Club Drive, Naperville

Join us to celebrate a special Woman of the Year, award the 2015 Angeline Gale Memorial Scholarship and elect 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.


Future programs:

Naperville AAUW Book Donation Drives: May 9, 30 & June 7
AAUW Used Book Sale Chairpersons appointed: Anne Swanson & Lee Eastman.
2015 BookSale Chairs

Book Discussion selections for April
The Afternoon Book Browsers will be held at 12:30 pm on April 23rd to discuss the book book group_0212
50 Children by Steve Pressman.  Join us – RSVP to Debbie at debbievanderbilt@comcast.net

Evening Book Discussion on Thursday, April 16, will meet at 7 PM promptly to discuss the book, The Pearl that Broke its Shell by Nadia Hashimi. Please join us for a discussion of this interesting book, including questions of the author via Skype. New location: at the home of Sue Mortenson at 28W641 Leverenz in Naperville 60564. It is important to call or e mail Sue to let her know if you will be attending at suemortenson@gmail.com, 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 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 students.

Past Program highlights:

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

Are you in a job search? Attend Naperville Area AAUW program that 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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