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Meet us in St Louis!
October 19 -21, 2023

Come to the AAUW Regional Conference at Drury Plaza Hotel
in St Louis!
Early bird registration through Sept 16: $200
After Sept 16: $225
Find more info, including the ARCH Award, on our Conference page
– Find Registation form, Hotel reservations, and schedule
at Missouri AAUW


AAUW CEO Gloria Blackwell spoke at our Illinois State Convention on May 6:

For more photos and information on the convention, see our Convention page.


Read the national AAUW Public Policy Priorities

The national priorities are voted on every two years. National AAUW voting closes May 15 – you should have received an email this week from “AAUW” with voting instructions and your individual Elector ID and Password.


Get the latest AAUW-IL news in the latest issue of Connection:
Read Connection


AAUW Office Hours

National AAUW offers weekly virtual Office Hours sessions every Thursday at 2:30pm CT for member leader inquiries. Sign up to join our next session!

Register for Office Hours

View the updated AAUW-Illinois Bylaws – 2022


The 2023-24 AAUW Illinois State Board:

President: Donna Jean Simon – Wheaton-Glen Ellyn
Co-Vice Presidents – Programs: Becky Glimco – Naperville  & Peg Gallagher – Schaumburg
Co-Vice President – Membership: Danielle Byron – Wheaton-Glen Ellyn & Lori Switzer – Chicago, Inc
Director of Finance: Ruth Holst – Chicago, Inc
Secretary:  Caroline Jones – Morton
AAUW Funds Director: Laura Desmarais – Wheaton-Glen Ellyn
Director – Bylaws and Policy: Andi Danis – Aurora
Nominating Committee Chair: Carol Heisler – Crystal Lake
Director – IL North:  Sue Topp – Naperville
Director – IL South: Pending
Co-Directors – Public Policy: Tracey Sherman-Falcon – Aurora & Paula Johnson Purdue – Chicago, Inc.


EQUAL MEANS EQUAL is a film that gives an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. The Gender Equity Fund will provide a DVD or a theater-ready version of this movie with the completion of a reservation form and the receipt of a modest fee.  Please complete the form and mail to Carol Heisler. Download the agreement form.


 LEG-Up Grants

LEG-Up grants help branches run Local Engagement mission-based projects. Read more about the LEG-Up and other grants offered by AAUW-IL.


  Who We Are

AAUW (American Association of University Women), the oldest women’s organization in the United States, was founded in 1881, and advances gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.
Read more about AAUW at www.aauw.org
Read more about AAUW’s research

Membership Criteria

Any graduate with an associate or equivalent degree or higher may become a member of AAUW. More AAUW-Illinois membership information.

In principle and practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.