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Congratulations to the 2024 Agent of Change –
Rosie McVay   (Batavia-Geneva-St Charles branch)


Read about Rosie and her contributions to the mission and vision of AAUW


Read the Convention Booklet on the Members Only page

Check out this PowerPoint on 100 Years of AAUW-IL History as shown at our April State Conference:
View 100 Years PowerPoint


Open Up AAUW Membership Campaign
* Vote April 3 – May 15 *

Nationwide voting on opening up AAUW membership to anyone agreeing with our mission:. Those with email addresses will be sent online voting information on April 3. Others will be sent paper ballots in early April. Voting ends at 11am on May 15.
The AAUW-Illinois Board supports an open membership and recommends a Yes vote to drop the degree requirement and allow membership to anyone interested in equity for women!

To find out more:


The Illinois delegation at the Regional Conference held October 2023 in St Louis, MO
(click photo to enlarge)


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:  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, 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.