Welcome to the Jane Addams Branch of AAUW!

AAUW Jane Addams webinars:

March 27th Webinar, 2019, 8-9 pm
Spotting Fake News & Other Fakes on Facebook

Can you spot fake news on social media? or fake memes or videos? Are you part of the problem or part of the solution?

Expert webinar presenters, Elaine Fisher & Kate Skegg will present information on the following topics. To register and receive the login link, send an email with your name, and (if a member) branch name to aauwJaneAddams@gmail.com 

  •  Recognize FaceBook fake news in text, meme and video
  • Identify fake profiles and scam romances

Will you join us to become more savvy online and help prevent the spread of fake news on Facebook? The majority of victims are women so defend yourself with knowledge.

To register, send an email with your name and AAUW branch name (if a member)  to aauwJaneAddams@gmail.com  If you haven’t registered, you can join the webinar by using this link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/870765005

Previous AAUW Webinar Recordings:

The Future of Work – presented by Marian Cook
Emerging technology and business leader with extensive experience in strategy, management, operations, innovation and change management. She is currently a Solutions Principal at Slalom Consulting, the Head Learning Facilitator for MIT’s blockchain class, and a Strategic Advisor to the Chicago Blockchain Center.

August 22, 2018 The Handmaid’s Tale Discussion (Book and movie)
Margaret Atwood’s riveting journal, The Handmaid’s Tale,  of a young woman whose life completely changed in a few weeks. Losing her independence, freedom to communicate, her daughter and husband; all due to a change in government control. Her life as a pawn of the religious patriarchal society is revealed in horrifying detail in her 1985 book. We also compare and discuss the 1990 Handmaid’s Tale movie starring Faye Dunaway and Robert Duval.

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

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
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.  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.


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