AAUW Naperville Area Locations: See specifics below.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019  7:00 pm
Women Who Made the Naperville of Today
Location: Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.
Speaker: Rena Calabrese, President & CEO of Naper Settlement

AAUW Naperville Area invites you to our March business meeting followed by a program in honor of Women’s History month, our speaker will be Rena Calabrese, President and CEO of Naper Settlement and a lawyer with over 25 years of experience in private practice, non-profit and association management. Rena Calabrese is a proud Latina immigrant, advocate for women and has served as the Executive Director of the National Association of Women Lawyers.

Rena will share stories of the women of Naperville who were determined to achieve important goals and illuminate the contributions of the women who shaped the city and made us what we’ve become. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact: 

Feb. Medicare for All? program by Dr. John Perryman presented a plan developed by the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP)—a universal, comprehensive, single-payer national health plan. Summary document of the program MEDICARE FOR ALL?

The 2019 Great Decisions international policies discussions, jointly sponsored by the AAUW Naperville Area Branch and the Naperville Public Libraries, meets at the Naper Boulevard Library at 7:15 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays from January 24 to March 21.  For the evening discussions, contact Becky Glimco at or 630-922-9448. A group also will meet in members’ homes on Tuesday mornings at 9:15 am.

AAUW has sponsored a Great Decisions discussion group for more than 30 years. The groups are open to all – male/female, AAUW members and non-member alike. Discussions are always lively, interesting and enlightening. The 2019 discussion topics are:

  • Decoding U.S.–China Trade
  • Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics
  • The United States and Mexico:  Partnership Tested
  • State of the State Department and Diplomacy

    The briefing book can be purchased online from the Foreign Policy Association at  You may call: 1-800-477-5836, Mon-Fri, 9-4 to order.

Discussion groups:
On Thursday evenings, the Evening Book Browsers will meet at 7 pm to discuss the following books:
March 21, 2019  Forty Autumns: A Family’s Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall by Nina Willner
April 18, 2019  Andy Warhal was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History’s Great Personalities by Claudia Kalb
May 16, 2019  Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Contact Barb Bilardello or Sue Mortenson to join the group.

The  Afternoon Book Browsers will meet on Thursdays at 12:30 pm to discuss the 2018-19 books listed below:

March 28, 2019  A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
April 25, 2019  My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
May 30, 2019  The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry  by Gabrielle Zevin
Please contact Linda Carroll-Evans to join the discussion group.  New members are welcome.

Wine & Whine (W & W): Members meet on occasional evenings to unwind and chat about whatever is on our minds. What we say at W & W stays at W & W!
The next gathering will be March 29. at 7:30 pm. If you are interested in attending, send an RSVP to Marge Marek.

Movie Fans Group: Join the group for viewing a film together.  Optional coffee and discussion following the film or eat together before an evening film.  MovieCODInterested in seeing and discussing  awesome movies? Join us for the next outing in  2019. Contact Todra Oken for specific movie group events,

Outstanding movies are shown on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. by the Afterhours Film Society at the Tivoli Theatre at 5021 Highland Avenue in Downers Grove.  Cost is $10 – nonmembers and $6 for members.  Information is available at
2019 COD Global Flicks – Feb. 6 – March 20

Bad Genius (Thailand)

Wednesday, Mar. 13, 1:30 & 7:30 pm
Lynn is a genius high school student who finds her path out of poverty by making money helping others cheat on tests.

The Insult (Lebanon)

Wednesday, Mar. 20, 1:30 & 7:30 pm
A Lebanese Christian and Palestinian refugee argument turns violent and escalates to a court case.

Travel Talk:  April, 2019 at 7 pm  Learn from expert world travelers.
We always encourage newcomers, and since there usually are some, we all wear name tags to make socializing more comfortable. After the first half-hour enjoying light refreshments, we settle in for the night’s presentation.
If travel is your passion, please rsvp to Sue Mortenson or Nancy Steinberger

The F-Word: How to Be a Feminist in the Workplace 
panel discussion recording.

Money Talks: Come join us to explore financial and other resources to plan ahead.  RSVP to Sue if you are interested in attending. 630 717-5743 or Estela Hammond at Everyone is welcome!

Our Bridge groups raise a significant amount each year toward our scholarship for a mature woman in financial need returning to finish her college degree.bridge table
Are you a bridge player?  We are looking for individual women, pairs of women or couples to complete the Marathon Bridge games and social groups sponsored by AAUW.   We have a number of marathon groups whose pairs play another pair September through May.   There is also a social bridge group that plays once a month in the afternoon as well as some duplicate groups.  A banquet will be held this year in June for all the groups where prizes will be awarded and an evening of additional bridge play will happen.  Our bridge groups are a fundraiser for our scholarship, a wonderful way to meet people, and a good way to practice and improve your bridge skills.  Please e-mail us if you are interested in learning more about participating in one of our groups.  Players need not be members of AAUW to participate.  For more information, email:  

Nov. 2017 – Women in Media
Dr. Sabryna Cornish, Asst. Professor of Communication and Media Studies and Dr. Chelsey Crawford, Visiting Professor of English and Film Studies, both of North Central College


It was an animated exploration of women in the media — from how film and TV cameras represent women’s (and men’s) bodies — to the narratives and character types used to represent women. Using a variety of media including film, newspapers, and others, our speakers shared their research and conclusions.

Annual Used Book Sale — Raising funds for our local scholarship, national fellowships and research or community grants for women administered through AAUW Funds.  Over 30,000 volumes are offered for sale each June.

TechSavvy2014Educational Equity Task Group is charged with implementing key findings of AAUW research in projects that involve local schools and the community as a whole.  The emphasis is on assuring females equal access and participation in education and careers, particularly in the areas of math, science, and technology.