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Registration is now open for AAUW-Illinois Spring Convention – Celebrating 100 Years of Empowering Women!

April 19-20, 2024, Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL

Early bird registration discount ends March 18. Regular registration begins March 19.
Go to the Conventions page for registration and hotel details.


Agent of Change Award

Nominations are now open for the annual Agent of Change Award. AAUW-IL’s Agent of Change Award, established in 1984, is presented annually to recognize a branch member or AAUW member who has served as a catalyst to bring about positive societal change. Please think about who in your branch fits this description. Download the nomination form and criteria.
Nominations are due March 1st.


The Illinois delegation at the Regional Conference held October 2023 in St Louis, MO
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Introducing the AAUW-IL Zoom Book Discussion Group!

Our current theme is Families Fighting Poverty In The U.S.  Find all details, including the book list here or under the About tab.


Get the latest AAUW-IL news in the latest issue of Connection:
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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:  Carol Heisler – Crystal Lake
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.