Welcome to the Wheaton-Glen Ellyn Branch of AAUW!

Upcoming Branch Meeting

“To Achieve Justice, We Need More Women in Justice!”
Speaker: Chief Judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit Court, the Honorable Bonnie Wheaton

Location: Wheaton Public Library and Zoom
Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 10:00 AM, Central Time

This Women’s History Month event is co-sponsored by the AAUW Wheaton-Glen Ellyn Branch and the Wheaton Public Library. Preregistration is required for either in-person or Zoom attendance via the following Wheaton Public Library link:  https://www.wheatonlibrary.org/event/women-judges-wheaton-70574

Judge Wheaton, recently elected Chief Judge of the 18th Circuit Court of DuPage County and AAUW Wheaton-Glen Ellyn Branch member since 1989, will be the featured speaker at the March 9th Women’s History Month event, co-sponsored by the Wheaton Public Library.

In her presentation, Judge Wheaton will highlight the increasing impact women judges are having on the international front, on the national level, and in our own state and county courthouses. An experienced jurist, Bonnie will focus on what different perspectives a woman judge might bring to a case, and why more females should be elected. Judge Wheaton has mentored many female judges and has actively supported their election bids. Bonnie will share some of her unique cases which have generated the most media attention.

The AAUW Wheaton-Glen Ellyn Branch and the Wheaton Public Library, are very enthusiastic about hosting this esteemed DuPage County public figure, who is known for her intelligence, integrity, and legal expertise as well as her sense of humor.

Remember to register online using the library’s link ASAP. https://www.wheatonlibrary.org/event/women-judges-wheaton-70574

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March Calendar

Feb. 28AM Non-Fiction, 10:00 a.m.
March 1AM Lit, 9:30 a.m., Glen Ellyn Public Library, 1st Floor Meeting Rooms, 400 Duane St., Glen Ellyn
March 5 Great Decisions Group #3, 1:00 p.m.
March 6Mary Sue Brown Open House, 5 – 7 p.m.
March 7Great Decisions Group #1, 1:00 p.m.
March 7Great Decisions Group #2, 7:00 p.m.
March 8 Film Group, 7:00 p.m.
March 9Branch Meeting, Saturday, 10:00 a.m., Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St., Wheaton & Zoom
March 13Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Zoom
March 14 Spice Routes, 6:00 p.m.
March 18PM Lit, 7:00 p.m.
March 19Illinois Primary Election, https://www.dupagecounty.gov/election/
March 27PM Non-Fiction, 7:00 p.m.

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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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Branch Proud!

Pictured with Glennette Turner are some of the 12 Branch members who attended her 90th Birthday Celebration on November 20 at the DuPage Historical Museum. 

Glennette Tilley Turner and Branch members

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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.