Welcome to the Jane Addams Branch of AAUW!

AAUW Jane Addams webinar

August 22, 2018, 8-9 pm Book/Media Discussion:
The Handmaid’s Tale

Presenter & Discussion moderator: Elaine Fisher, AAUW Jane Addams branch program VP

Add this book to your summer reading list! 
Read 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.  Fans of Margaret Atwood will enjoy her writing skills in telling this dystopian horror story.


We will also discuss and compare the 1990 movie,
The Handmaid’s Tale
starring Natasha  Richardson, Faye Dunaway and Robert Duval. The poster image shown here describes the movie, One Woman’s Story, Every Woman’s Fear. Consider whether the differences in the screenplay and the book make the story better? more realistic? or more commercially attractive?

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

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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