Welcome to the Jane Addams Branch of AAUW!

AAUW Jane Addams webinar

May, 2018, 8-9 pm The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap

Presenter: Lisa Cherry, AAUW IL State Membership Chair
Learn about the latest data comparing the salaries of men and women in the U.S.

To register, send an email with your name and AAUW branch name (if a member)  to aauwJaneAddams@gmail.com, and you will receive a link to log in to the webinar.

Previous AAUW Webinar Recordings:

March, 2018 AAUW National Bylaws Amendments Discussion

  • Get ready for Voting on the ByLaws amendments that begins April 26
  • Get answers to your questions on the proposed amendments from AAUW leaders

AAUW leaders who will be speaking include:
Sue Barley: Director, AAUW National Board, Sallie Miller: President, AAUW of Illinois, Ruth Holst: President, AAUW Chicago Branch

Learn more about the amendments: https://www.aauw.org/resource/national-election/

Amendments Voting will open on April 25, 2018, and close June 9, 2018, at 9 p.m. ET.

The proposed amendments address creating three-year staggered board terms, opening board service to those outside of the AAUW membership, and eliminating the degree requirement for membership. While rationale and details for each proposed amendment can be found on the AAUW website, the overarching motivation for these changes at this time is to uphold and advance AAUW’s mission and ensure optimal execution at the national board level.

The first two proposals would bring AAUW’s board governance structure more in line with nationally accepted nonprofit best practices and the needs of the organization. The third proposal — to eliminate the degree requirement for membership — has come before the membership for vote a number of times. The board feels strongly that while the degree requirement made perfect sense at AAUW’s inception, this requirement is now perceived by many as counter to our mission and limits our ability to build the capacity needed to increase our impact as an organization.

February, 2018: Get Girls Into STEM
STEM experts share strategies for getting girls into STEM, and explain why getting girls into STEM is important.    Webinar recording.

Webinar Presenters:
ati Sievert is the director of STEM Outreach at Northern Illinois University, which provides STEAM programming to tens of thousands of people throughout northern Illinois and from around the world each year. With a broad background in formal and informal education, Pati began at NIU in physics outreach in 2002, and has led STEM Outreach efforts at NIU since the office was formally established in 2006.
Veronica Arreola is the Director of Latin@s Gaining Access to Networks for Advancement in Science (L@s GANAS) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Previously Director of the Women in Science Engineering (WISE) program at University of Illinois-Chicago, Veronica also works with individuals and nonprofits to envision their social media strategy.

Jan. 2018: Survival Kit for Working Women recording

  •  Take advantage of online resources to empower yourself to combat sexual aggression and harassment in the workplace
  • Use the strategies of the Feminist Fight Club to fight back against identified harassment in the workplace

Elaine Fisher
, AAUW branch member, a former AAUW Program VP and leadership trainer.
Sarah Breithaupt, Director of Youth and Family Services for Lisle Township and facilitator of the Lisle Township Job Club. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor specializing in career counseling.

Dec. 2017: Women in Media & Film
Presenters: Dr. Sabryna Cornish, Asst. Professor of Communication and Media Studies and Dr. Chelsey Crawford, Visiting Professor of English and Film Studies, both of North Central College

Join us for an animated exploration of women in the media — from how film and TV cameras represent women’s (and men’s) bodies — to the narratives and character types used to represent women. Using a variety of media including film, newspapers, and others, our speakers will share their research and conclusions. Women in Media webinar recording

Oct. 2017 ERA IL Update AAUW Webinar
A. J. Conroy, a practicing attorney and member of Chicago, Inc. AAUW is a passionate advocate for the ERA. She is the Social media manager for ERA Illinois, Equal Pay Day Chicago and Chicago Craftivists.  ERA IL Update Webinar recording

Kathryn Modisette, ERA Advocate and member of the Leadership Council of the Tazewell County Progressives and the Progressives of the Washington IL Area, and a member of NOW and the #Blono4era coalition.

Oct. 26, 2017: Attracting Members Using Social Media

Attracting Members Using Social Media webinar recording

Presented by Elaine Fisher and Kate Skegg. Elaine Fisher, a member of Jane Addams branch, is also Naperville Area branch co-president and Facebook page administrator. Kate Skegg, AAUW member of Jane Addams branch and Downers Grove branch, is the Illinois Social Media Manager and has been active for 10 years on Twitter.

Next AAUW Tech Savvy Conference at  Lewis University, Romeoville, IL, March 23, 2019.

Tech Savvy imageThe AAUW Jane Addams Branch along with members from local Chicagoland AAUW branches are offering an all-day AAUW Tech Savvy STEM career conference for 6-9th grade girls and their parents/mentors.

For more information, see our Tech Savvy Tab.

Jane Addams was an inspired Illinois woman and founding member of the Chicago AAUW branch.

She is best known as the founder of Hull-House, offering women the opportunity to become agents for social, political, education, and economic change in their own lives and in the lives of others as well. Among many achievements, Jane Addams was:

  • A founder and the first president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
  • A founder of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • A founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • The first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize

Find more information about the virtual Jane Addams branch by contacting Kate Skegg.


AAUW Convention: A Call to Action from CEO Kim Churches

Copyright David Hathcox for AAUW

Whether you joined us in D.C. or not, we must be stronger than ever in our dedication to progress for women and girls. Whether you participated in the convention and feel ready to channel that energy, or you missed it and need an action plan for gender equity, here are five steps to get you started. Read more.


AAUW Takes Capitol Hill By Storm

AAUW members from Minnesota met with Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). Copyright David Hathcox for AAUW

It was a hot June day in 1989 when hundreds of AAUW members braved the heat and flooded the halls of Capitol Hill. They were there to tell members of Congress why the United States needed a paid family leave program. 28 years later, we’re at it again! Read more.


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