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


Read the Spring 2021 of Illinois Link – AAUW-IL’s newsletter:


April 23-24 – Virtual


Going virtual for the first time has not stopped Sharon Lee and Becky Glimco from putting together a powerful lineup of speakers.  Read more details.

Attending the convention will be completely free of charge, but you will, of course, need to receive the link to join the meeting – coming in an early April special edition of CONNECTION email.

Looking forward to an empowering convention!

Be sure to vote for our new State Board:


It’s election time for the AAUW-Illinois state board.
Click the VOTE NOW button to vote by April 23.
The nominees are:
President-Elect:  Donna Jean Simon
Co-Membership Vice Presidents: Nann Hilyard and Amy Green
Secretary: Gaynell Gavin




paragraph_separatorRead the Fall 2020 edition of Illinois Link – AAUW-IL’s newsletter:


AAUW-IL Annual Report

The AAUW-IL Annual Report for 2020 is usually announced at our state convention, but read it here:
Read the Annual Report (PDF)


2020 Agent of Change

Congratulations to the 2020 AAUW- IL Agent of Change:
*** Amy Jo (AJ) Conroy of the Chicago, Inc. Branch ***
Read more about AJ and the award.


After a successful online election, you elected the following leaders to the 2020-21 AAUW Illinois state board,
effective July 1, 2020:

President: Lisa Cherry
Program Co-VPs: Sharon Lee, Becky Glimko
AAUW Funds Director: Laura Desmarais
Bylaws and Policy Director: Andy Danis
Nominating Committee Chair: Jennifer Urish
Carolyn Schjelderup was elected Finance Director Elect and she continues as Finance Director

We held the Installation of Officers over Zoom on June 10, 2020.
View the video of the officer installation.


Read the Spring 2020 Link – AAUW-IL’s newsletter.


Two resources on the Gender Wage



 (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

Lombard Area and Crystal Lake branches have recently received Local Engagement Grants (LEG-Up) from AAUW-IL. These 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 equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
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.