Bad@ssery: Women Creating a Just Environment
Oakton College, October 4, 2021 – November 1, 2021
Women and girls have always faced tremendous obstacles, whether it be sexual harassment, violence, inequality or workplace discrimination, and instead of following the fairytale script of waiting to be saved, we have been instrumental in saving ourselves, our families, our communities, and our world. From epic figures such as Gloria Anzaldúa, Shirley Chisolm, Gloria Steinem, Ida B. Wells, Grace Lee Boggs, the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Jane Addams, Pauli Murray, and Dolores Huerta to activists such as Stacy Abrams, Winona LaDuke, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Janet Mock, Malala Yousafzai, Leymah Gbowee, Shirin Neshat, and Naomi Klein, women and girls have been trailblazers in their own liberation. We have been hit with an overwhelming number of challenges in the past year. Where do we stand now? How have we survived and broken through barriers? How have women been impacted by the pandemic and the resulting shecession? How is our liberation connected to movements such as Stop Asian Hate, Black Lives Matter, Organized Communities Against Deportation, Prison Abolition, Me Too or Standing Rock? How have we fought against transphobic state bills and LGBTQ+ discrimination? How have we kept our families and communities safe? How have we conspired with other women and implemented social and environmental change? What failures and missteps did we experience? What did it take and at what costs?
Oct. Program: Becoming an AAUW Activist
Become a Two Minute Activist
For Illinois legislation, you can file a witness slip online for an Illinois legislative hearing.
Here is a how-to guide Witness slips overview
Contact us to join our branch.
Nov. 13, 10:30 am – 12 noon: AAUW Fellows & Grantees
Nov. 17th, 7:30 Human Trafficking, Right in Our Backyard
Presenter: Marti Sladek, retired civil rights attorney
Women have been struggling for gender equity in our Constitution ever since Abigail Adams admonished her husband John to “remember the ladies.” Despite federal and state laws, and wide public support, implementation of the Equal Rights Amendment remains elusive, and courts do not take gender discrimination as seriously as other forms of inequality.
Why is this so difficult? What can we do about it now? More information.
Thursday, April 22, 7:00 pm
We will meet via Zoom for a discussion of the life of a truly amazing woman, Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the founder of modern cryptography. On Jan. 11 PBS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE aired The Codebreaker program about Elizebeth Friedman. It’s available online now via Passport or Amazon Prime. This video program is based on the book, The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies by Jason Fagone. We will discuss the video program and the book.
How does Elizebeth Friedman inspire you or young girls who might enjoy coding? We’ll discuss this fascinating book that begins at the Newberry Library in Chicago!
The codebreaker who spanned two World Wars and took down the rum-running Mafia during Prohibition, including Capone’s brother, single-handedly neutered the German U Boats’ wolf pack, and took down Nazi threats in South America that could have become a southern front against the US. In World War I she cracked the German’s codes. AND she did it with paper and pencil. She started this on the estate of billionaire George Fabyan in suburban Geneva. He had recruited her in the Newberry Library in Chicago. She learned her craft by trial and error. She often fought bias against women and was paid less. But because she was so talented, she was the one who was always called upon, and she often did her work in the shadows, rarely getting the recognition she deserved.
Here’s a link to the book, The Woman Who Smashed Codes, A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies
And here’s a link to the American Experience, The Codebreaker.
On March 11, 2021 (7:00 p.m.) our chapter will host a ZOOM meeting to learn about the current exhibit at the Park Ridge Historical Society. It features TRAILBLAZING WOMEN OF PARK RIDGE, highlighting the following women:
Mother Frances Cabrini, Clara Barck Welles, Hannah Solomon and Hillary Rodham Clinton
After viewing the presentation created by members of the Historical Society, we will have an opportunity to present questions to the docent. The event is free of charge and it is open to all invited guests. Contact information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.
February 6, 2021
10:30am – 11:30am, Online Zoom Event
Author, speaker, and educator, Michelle Duster will discuss the life and legacy of her great-grandmother Ida B. Wells.
Ida B. Wells was born enslaved in 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. She became an anti-lynching crusader, suffragist, pioneering journalist, and activist for the protection of Black lives. In 2020, she won a Pulitzer Prize.
Registration is required for the program, which will be held on Zoom.
If you need help using Zoom, see our guide at How to Video Conference with Zoom or email us at askalibrarian.org
Michelle Duster’s book Ida B. the Queen will be published on January 26, 2021 and is available for purchase at The Book Stall.
You and your friends are invited to join us for an online AAUW program on Jan. 21st 7:30 – 8:30 pm, Title IX: Breaking Barriers/Restoring Protections, to share how Title IX can provide protection of women/girls’ rights. 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. If you have time, please view the California AAUW Title IX 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.
This meeting is sponsored by the AAUW Jane Addams branch and requires advance registration. Link to register:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Title IX Quick Facts
Get out and vote!
Vote by Mail fraud is a myth. This is a tactic to convince voters not to vote during a pandemic. We learned each ballot has a unique number/barcode that identifies your ballot as your vote. You sign the ballot return envelope and this is verified by election judges when your ballot is received (just like voting at the polls)
If you requested a Vote by Mail ballot and have not received it by Oct. 10, call the county election office to resolve the problem or request another ballot. When you mail your ballot, take it inside the post office and give it to a clerk to see that it is postmarked.
The alternative is to drop your ballot in the signed envelope in a secure ballot collection box. Boxes will be available at the following locations beginning Oct. 19. Mail Ballot Drop Box locations map.
Learn about the candidates on the online WTTW Special Section 2020 Voter Guide or other reputable source.
Democracy is not a spectator sport, it requires active citizens to survive!