Welcome to the Wheaton-Glen Ellyn Branch of AAUW!

Branch Meetings and Programs

Branch Meetings are held in September through November and January through April. Meetings are generally held the first Wednesday evening of meeting months. All meetings are open to visitors.

We are currently planning next year’s programs. Click here if you have suggestions. We expect to announce the 2024-25 topics and speakers on this page and on Facebook by September 1.

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In case you missed the March 2023 program presented by the Honorable Bonnie Wheaton, please click on the following link for a recording of the program:  Women Judges of Wheaton (youtube.com)

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April Calendar


April 2 – Great Decisions Group #3, 1:00 p.m., Zoom
April 2 – Great Decisions Group #2, 7:00 p.m.
April 3 – Branch Meeting, 6:45 p.m., Glen Ellyn Police Department, 65 S. Park Blvd, Glen Ellyn
April 4 – Great Decisions Group #1, 1:00 p.m.
April 5AM Lit, 9:30 a.m., Glen Ellyn Public Library, 1st Floor Meeting Rooms, 400 Duane St., Glen Ellyn
April 10 – Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Zoom
April 12Film Group, 7:00 p.m.
April 15 – PM Lit, 7:00 p.m.
April 19-20  – AAUW-Illinois State Convention, Elgin Community College
April 24AM Non-Fiction, 10:00 a.m.
June 1Spring Luncheon & Installation of Officers, 12:00 p.m., Adelle’s Fine American Fare, 535 W. Liberty Dr., Wheaton

* Members: Click here to access Twigs. Password required. Click here for assistance

Members: There are many reasons to attend the AAUW-Illinois State Convention this year. We will be celebrating 100 years of AAUW in Illinois, there will be excellent speakers and workshops and our long-time member, Laura Desmarais will be installed as President of AAUW of Illinois. Laura will be the third Wheaton-Glen Ellyn branch member to serve as AAUW-Illinois Branch President in the last five years. (Donna Jean Simon is the outgoing President and Lisa Cherry served 2019-2021.) Congratulations, Laura!

If you are interested in attending the convention, please register by April 8.

As you know, in April, members are requested to vote for AAUW-Illinois Board members (vote by April 18) and for national AAUW Board members and proposed Bylaws changes (vote by
May 15). Click here for more information and voting links.

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Watch this space for news of Book Sale 2024!

Sale Dates:
Thursday, June 20
Friday, June 21
Saturday, June 22

Location:
Westfield Elementary School
2S125 Mayfield Lane, Glen Ellyn

Click here for more details.

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AAUW CEO Gloria Blackwell issued the following statement strongly condemning the US Supreme Court’s opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) strongly condemns the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The decision overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that established abortion as a constitutionally protected right nearly 50 years ago and ignores the will of the American people, 80% of whom support legal abortion.

AAUW believes everyone has the right to make decisions about their own reproductive lives without government interference. Abortion access is vital to women’s ability to control their lives, bodies and futures. Without reproductive freedom, there can be no equity.

Being able to choose whether and when to become a parent improves women’s well-being and fosters economic security—a crucial component of AAUW’s mission. This is particularly important in a country that lacks accessible maternal health care, paid caregiving leave and workplace protections for pregnant workers.

The Court’s decision hurts all of us, but it will do the most harm to low-income people, women of color, immigrants, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ people, because these

groups already face substantial barriers to accessing reproductive services and health care.

While the Court’s decision is a major setback for all Americans, AAUW remains steadfast in our commitment to protecting reproductive rights, a vital component of gender equity.

Branch members and supporters marched at the Naperville Reproductive Rights Walk

Carolyn and Marilyn represented our Branch at the Women’s March for Reproductive Rights in January.

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Other Branch Activity Updates:

  • Our new Branch initiative, Science Girls on the Go™, is reaching parents looking for at home STEM activities during the pandemic. Click here for more information.

  • Click here if you would like to donate to the Branch’s Opportunities Fund. This fund annually provides Higher Education Incentive Awards to girls from local high schools who are continuing their education at the College of DuPage. From time to time, the Opportunities Fund also supports other Branch-sponsored gender equity initiatives and national AAUW projects.

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What is AAUW?

AAUW’s Mission:
To advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Click here for more information on AAUW’s Mission, Vision and Values.  Join us!

As AAUW continues to move forward in a changing world, so have our Strategic Plan and our Vision Statement. Click here to read the complete plan.