Welcome to the Jane Addams Branch of AAUW!

Time for members to vote in AAUW national election!

You are voting on national board members, the public policy changes and the membership Bylaws amendment.

AAUW IL Town Hall on Open Membership Webinar Recording

Discussion moderator: AAUW-IL President Lisa Cherry 
Panelists: AAUW Ruth Sweetser (former AAUW National President)
Marti Sladek ( ERA speaker & lawyer)
Nancy Shoemaker, members grassroots organization OpenUpAAUW

Prepare to vote on the proposed AAUW Membership amendment that removes the requirement of a degree to become an AAUW member. This amendment will open our membership to anyone who supports our mission of equity for all women and girls through research, education and advocacy. The AAUW national board and AAUW IL state board support this amendment.

Learn about the benefits and the importance of opening membership, and why the time is right to take this action. Voting is in progress now until May 17th.

Marti Sladek, “Why am I voting FOR the by-laws amendment? It is personal, because of my friends and family. A close friend who has stood by me through every crisis for years, who is bright and informed and curious, but doesn’t have a degree. A longtime friend who is African-American–now a lawyer–and was not allowed to join AAUW when she got out of college because AAUW did not recognize her HBCU school. My still active 100 year old Mom, who dropped out of college and became a pilot in WWII and can’t share my AAUW experience. Seriously? The current degree requirement is obsolete, elitist, just plain embarrassing…and frankly not easy to enforce, so some branches don’t. Let’s get real, AAUW!”

Charmen Goerhring  “Education will always be at our core- but encouraging others to engage in learning and higher education does not require a degree! For years, our mission included a focus on lifelong learning which is not necessarily university or college courses. In 2021, education and learning comes in many forms.”

Title IX: Breaking Barriers/Restoring Protections

Are You Aware of the Rollback of Title IX Protections?

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kim Churches issued the following statement May 2020 on the U.S. Department of Education final Title IX regulations for schools dealing with sexual misconduct:

Although the nation is facing an unprecedented health emergency that requires singular focus, the Trump Administration issued a rule that will substantially weaken Title IX, rolling back important protections for student survivors of sexual harassment and assault.

The decision by the U.S. Department of Education to move forward with this change follows more than a year of vigorous opposition from survivor advocacy organizations, civil rights groups and educational institutions. The outrageous new rule will make it harder for students who’ve experienced sexual harassment or violence to come forward to get the protections Title IX was created to provide.

In the best of times, the rule is ill-advised: It threatens to turn back the clock, reversing policies that were put in place to make it easier for survivors to report sexual misconduct. The rules will stack the deck against survivors, making it too onerous, even traumatic, for many to come forward. In short, the rule is antithetical to the fundamental promise of Title IX, that all students deserve access to an education free from sex discrimination.

Webinar RecordingTitle IX: Breaking Barriers/Restoring Protections, to share how Title IX can provide protection of women/girls’ rights. Resource list. Title IX CA AAUW checklist.

The program features a review of Title IX, the 2020 changes impact on schools and students, and how we can be agents of change to restore the Title IX protection of rights. Here’s a link to view the California AAUW webinar recording. Program presenter: Alicia Hetman, AAUW CA Title IX Consultant & Public Policy Committee, member of AAUW National Public Policy Committee and former AAUW national board member.

Women Filmmakers & Supporting Women Artists 11.18.20 recording

The program features a review of film history by women filmmakers, contemporary films, plus suggestions of how we can support women artists. Program presenter: Susan Kerns is an Associate Professor of Cinema and Television Arts at Columbia College, where she teaches courses in cinema studies, producing, and distribution at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is also Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Chicago Feminist Film Festival, and author of a recently published article, “Can’t I Just be a Filmmaker? Women’s and Feminist Film Festivals’ Resurgence in a Postfeminist World,” in the Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Feminism.

AAUW Fellows & Grantees, 11.14.20 recording

The AAUW Foundation—as one of the world’s largest source of funding exclusively for graduate women–supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented. Four presenters will present details of their project or studies. The program is co-sponsored by the Chicago AAUW branch and Jane Addams branch. More details are on this flyer. Nov AAUW Fellows 2020 flyer

Get Out The Vote in 2020 recording

Learn from experts Ed Spire and Jim McGrath about the voting changes in Illinois and how to vote safely by mail. Ed and Jim are experienced election judges and can answer any questions about the 2020 election. We will conclude with a discussion of how we can get out the vote in 2020.

Slide Presentation: Vote By Mail Update-2020Sept17

Book Discussion video recording:
The Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss

Discussion leaders Elaine Fisher and Harriet Lindstrom review the thrilling story of the struggle to win adoption of the women’s suffrage – right to vote in the state of Tennessee. Leaders of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, the Anti-Suffrage party, and the National Woman’s Party. In addition, there was lobbying activity by the tobacco and alcohol industries. The decision was not certain until the final hour.

Conflict, Not Combat recording
by Kimi Hirotsu Ziemski,
Project Management Consultant

Conflict – it’s rough and we all know it. Close quarters and distant connections are revealing more and more about how each of us handles conflict. Our relationships will be changed by how we resolve conflict. Kimi Hirotsu Ziemski facilitated a discussion of what signs to look for to tell if someone is a conflict partner or conflict opponent. Slides with resource list.

7 Easy Ways to Be LGBTQ Friendly recording

Katie Slivovsky, Exhibit Development Director and LGBTQ Access & Inclusion Chair, Chicago Children’s Museum

Demystify a topic that can feel controversial, learn the latest vocabulary, and take steps toward the equitable inclusion of LGBTQ. Our speaker Katie Slivovsky, Exhibit Development Director and LGBTQ Access & Inclusion Chair, will share her expertise and experience coordinating inclusive programs at the Chicago Children’s Museum. Expand your understanding of the LGBTQ community and how we can be better allies.

Communicating with Intent: Your Words, Your Outcomes recording
By Tami Palmer, Coach & Career Advisor

Tami has worked in the staffing and human resources arena for over 15 years before founding greyzone, the career advisory/job search coaching practice in 2012.  Tami is valued for her intuition, knowledge and creative thinking and writing.

When we’re not careful with our word choices, tone and control of our story, we can find ourselves in a field peppered with communication landmines. Whether it’s making assumptions, over-sharing with too much backstory, or believing that a wish will be understood as an ask, we are often confounded by the lack of positive results from our communications. Bringing awareness to the importance of word choice, tone and controlling our stories go a long way to getting the outcomes we desire: be that a promotion, an overseas assignment or a coveted project.

How to Use Zoom Meetings

Are you trying to find a new way to have your AAUW meetings while staying home-staying safe? Here is a guide for using Zoom covering the topics of our last online program.
Tips to Use Zoom for AAUW Meetings

How to participate in a Zoom meeting

  • Preparing to use a webcam
  • Managing an online meeting
  • Scheduling a Zoom meeting
  • Precautions for a secure Zoom meeting
  • Recording a Zoom meeting

Caffeine, Chocolate & Coping with Covid-19 recording.

Due to a recording glitch, we are missing some of the beginning slides. However, no worries; here is a summary of all the links and your suggestions from the chat. Caffeine chocolate coping resources

AAUW Public Policy & ERA Update webinar recording.

You are encouraged to share this informative webinar with any interested members in your AAUW branch and collaborating action groups. This webinar is designed to inform and prepare your branch for public policy issue action in 2020.
Summary of content below:

  • Public Policy Update by Susan Scott, IL Public Policy Co-chair
  • ERA news and upcoming actions by A J Conroy

ERA related resources:

Resolutions pending in Congress are HJRes 79 and SJRRes 6 which can be tracked at Congress.gov.  Subscribe to “get alerts”

Steve Anderson on abortion and the ERA – https://youtu.be/tdlpFFUdX-U

Set-up a google alert for “Equal Rights Amendment” Ferriero by visiting:


For webmasters and social media chairs:
Highlight current news related to women’s rights and public policy priorities
Posting Reminder Calendar

Achieve greater membership success by having an active, interesting online presence! Rate Your AAUW Web Visibility Webinar recording.

Check out this book on how women can get their dream job. A candid guide for ambitious women who want to succeed without losing themselves in the process. In The Myth of The Nice Girl, by Fran Hauser deconstructs the negative perception of “niceness” that many women struggle with in the business world. If women are nice, they are seen as weak and ineffective, but if they are tough, they are labeled a bitch. Hauser proves that women don’t have to sacrifice their values or hide their authentic personalities to be successful. She shares a wealth of personal anecdotes and time-tested strategies.

This book is on the list for Operation Equity: Reading for Results on the national AAUW web site. Operation Equity is a resource for the Five Star Program: strategic plan Programs requirement.

 Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Women of Illinois History

Did you know that only 17.89% of Wikipedia’s articles are about women?  Help us increase the number of women editors, while adding to the representation of women in Illinois, by improving and creating articles about women of Illinois history.

The Wikipedia tutorial will be led by Amy Jo Conroy, ERA activist, attorney, and AAUW member.  See the webinar recording below for more information.

Important: Attendees need to create an account, with a username and password on Wikipedia, before attending: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:CreateAccount

Previous 2019-20 AAUW Webinar Recordings:

Cultivate a Growth Mindset program recording
by Denise Hansard, Life Architect and Coach

As you can begin to understand failure as data .. points in your life where something happened with a specific outcome … you will know the meaning of having a Growth Mindset. It all boils down to your ability to change. In this talk, you will …

  • Discover the difference between having a Growth Mindset versus a Fixed Mindset
  • Adapt a 5-step process called C.H.A.N.G.E. (Choice, How, Acceptance, Next Steps, Gain momentum and Evolution)
  • 4 habits to cultivate a Growth Mindset

Intersectionality & Women’s Rights presented by Zoe Spencer,
AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund Plaintiff and professor at Virginia State University.

What is intersectionality and how does it affect the Feminist movement, sexual harassment, or discrimination? Increase your understanding of how women’s issues impact women of color and others differently.


Prior Year’s Program Recordings

Next AAUW Tech Savvy Conference  To Be Announced .

The 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

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

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