AAUW advances equity for women and girls through
research, education, and advocacy.


Fall 2021 Conference Recap

We held a state-wide fall conference virtually in October 2021.
View helpful handouts from the conference.


Read the Fall 2021 edition of the AAUW-IL Link newsletter:


An inspiring graphic about AAUW shared at the 2021 AAUW-Illinois State Convention:


The 2021-22 AAUW Illinois State Board:

President: Lisa Cherry
President Elect: Donna Jean Simon
Secretary: Gaynell Gavin
Program Co-VPs: Sharon Lee, Becky Glimko
Membership Co-VPs:
Nann Blaine Hilyard, Amy Green
Finance Director: Carolyn Schjelderup
AAUW Funds Director: Laura Desmarais
Bylaws and Policy Director: Andy Danis
Director – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Jo-An Sabonjian
Nominating Committee Chair: Jennifer Urish


Two resources on the Gender Wage Gap:


 (Gender Wage Gap Guide by Wood Law, Chicago)


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.


 AAUW Research

Read about AAUW research

Some of our recent national research includes:

  • Deeper In Debt: Women and Student Loans
  • The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap
  • Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership
  • Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing

 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

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.