Welcome to the Naperville Area (IL) Branch of AAUW!

AAUW (American Association of University Women) advances gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.

19th Amendment at 100: Shirley Chisholm

The 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920, but this landmark event was neither the beginning nor the end of the story for women and their struggle for the right to vote. Join us in 2020 as we commemorate this centennial year with 12 stories from our holdings for you to save, print, or share. June’s featured image is of Shirley Chisholm.

Today’s post comes from Michael J. Hancock in the National History Office. The post was originally written in 2019 to mark the 50th anniversary of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s swearing-in as the first African American woman in Congress.

The 2008 Democratic Presidential run was a watershed moment in American politics. For the first time, a woman and an African American man were the front-runners of a major political party for this nation’s highest office. Either candidate’s election would have disrupted the historical succession of white male Presidents. This was not the first time that a glass ceiling had been shattered in the political arena—long before 2008 there was a remarkable African American woman who attempted to buck the system and run a grassroots campaign for the Presidency. Her name was Shirley Chisholm.

Empowering Women Every Day!
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Provide fellowships and scholarships
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Provide monthly informative programs open to the public
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ERA Action – Illinois Approved the US Constitutional Equal Rights Amendment.

The adoption of this US Constitutional amendment is designed to guarantee equal rights for all citizens regardless of sex; it seeks to end the legal distinctions between men and women in terms of divorce, property, employment, and other matters.

May 8th over 250 women rallied at 11 am in Springfield and talked with representatives. asking for equal rights for all women in the USA.

Tech Savvy Program for middle school girls

Girls chose from 12 hands-on science, technology, engineering or math activities such as robotics, DNA, apps, electric circuitry, architecture or astronomy as well as personal savvy skills workshops in the afternoon.


The Naperville AAUW branch is co-sponsoring this program and assisting as volunteers in coordinating the participants and supporting workshop presenters.

Research Report: Why So Few
A panel of experts review why so few women are in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers and provide recommendations to improve this situation.  Why-So-Few-Women-in-Science-Technology-Engineering-and-Mathematics-executive-summary (pdf document.)