Welcome to AAUW Naperville Area (IL)

We advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy

Upcoming Program

Tues., March 12, 2024, 7 PM; Lisle Library, 777 Front St., Lisle
Beacons in the Darkness (Hope and Transformation Among America’s Community Newspapers) by Dave Hoekstra

Across the U.S. community newspapers are closing or being swallowed by larger city-based papers. Dave Hoekstra, Naperville Central grad and Chicago-based Journalist, will shine a light on the local newspapers that have managed to not only survive but flourish in this new era of social media and hedge fund owned newspapers.

Dave Hoekstra worked for the Chicago Sun-Times as a staff writer and critic for 30 years. He was awarded the Studs Terkel Community Media Award in 2013 for his columns and critiques. He was the writer-producer for the award-winning 2018 musical documentary ” The Center of Nowhere (The Spirit and Sounds of Springfield, MO.) Additionally, he has written four books his most recent being, Beacons in the Darkness (Hope and Transformation Among America’s Community Newspapers.)

My STEM Journey – Tales from the Life of a Female Social Neuroscientist
Dr. Karen J. Parker, Ph.D.

Dr. Parker will share her unconventional path to becoming a social neuroscientist and discuss her experience of being a woman and a mother in the field of STEM. Dr Parker is the inaugural Truong-Tan Broadcast Endowed Professor, Chair of the Major Laboratories Steering Committee, and Associate Chair for Research Strategy and Oversight, in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.Dr. Parker was born in Boulder, CO, raised in Naperville, IL, received her undergrad and graduate degrees from University of Michigan and completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford University and joined the Stanford faculty thereafter.

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Who We Are

AAUW Naperville Area is an all-volunteer 501(c)(4) nonprofit social welfare affiliate branch of the American Association of University Women. AAUW, a national nonprofit nonpartisan organization, has been a catalyst for positive change since 1881. New members are always welcome.

Guided by AAUW’s strategic plan, we focus on policy priorities important to achieving equity for women and girls. We:

  • Act to advance AAUW public policy issues
  • Provide opportunities for members to connect and engage
  • Offer educational and thought-provoking community programs
  • Support women’s economic security through scholarships and Work Smart salary and promotion negotiation training
  • Encourage women to prepare for and assume leadership roles
  • Promote STEM careers for women.