African American Suffragists join speaker Michelle Duster, great grand-daughter of Ida B. Wells

African American Suffragists and the Struggle for Representation

Even though the suffrage movement was focused on women gaining the right to vote, the battle was mostly fought separately along racial lines. White women shunned and marginalized African American women, which propelled them to form their own groups. Author, speaker, and educator, Michelle Duster explains the racial divisions of the suffrage movement and how the struggle for African American women to be included extends to today when it comes to documentation and commemorations of the movement.

Our speaker is Michelle Duster, the great-granddaughter of civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells.

This program is presented in recognition of Black History Month.

Co-sponsored with Des Plaines Public Library

Saturday, February 22nd
Des Plaines Public Library – Meeting room B and C
10:30-11:30 am

There is no fee for this program but registration is needed. Register now and join us!

Drinks & Dialog: Introduction to Investing

Drink Dialog

Join us for our second Drinks & Dialog event!

Nancy Reiser, a financial advisor with Edward Jones, will discuss the investment process – savings, expenses, and the alignment of the two, as well as investment issues and strategies.

All are welcome, but the focus will be those beginning careers and home ownership. There will be light refreshments (drinks on your own) and an opportunity to network and mingle.

January 14th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Harp & Fiddle
110 Main Street
Park Ridge, IL

For more information, contact: wthourson@gmail.com

Donation to The Harbour

Fran, Cindy & Laurie with some of the supplies dropped off at The Harbour

Fall is All About School 

Members and friends generously provided a carload of school supplies and paper goods which were dropped off at The Harbour in late August. The Harbour provides shelter for girls and young women. One goal for the girls is to complete their schooling.

Work Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop a Success

Presenter Lisa Cherry at April 13 Work Smart Event

We had a great success with our first Work Smart salary negotiation workshop. 19 participants were in attendance and gave very positive feedback after the event.

“The event was terrific and very worthwhile! Solid material that was so professional, practical         and useful!” wrote one participant.

Thank you to presenters Lisa Cherry and Donna Jean Simon who volunteered their time and to AAUW-IL for the grant to put on this event.

It’s not too late! You can take the free online workshop now.

Online Workshop

AAUW Work Smart Workshop!

Attend an AAUW Work Smart salary negotiation workshop for women

Saturday, April 13, 2019
1:30 – 4:30pm
Des Plaines Public Library

Registration opens on March 1st.

Hosted by AAUW Northwest Suburban Branch

AAUW Work Smart
Most women do not feel comfortable negotiating a salary and benefits for their job. AAUW Work Smart is designed to help participants negotiate for a new job, raise, or promotion. In the workshop attendees will gain confidence in their negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role play.

Why is negotiation so important? AAUW’s research on the gender pay gap shows that, one year out of college, women are already paid significantly less than men. Women who work full time take home 80 cents for every dollar a full time male worker is paid.

AAUW Grants for Women – Applications Being Taken Now

AAUW’s 2018–19 Fellowships and Grants Awardees

As one of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing $3.9 million in funding for fellowships and grants to 250 outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2018–19 academic year. Deadlines for the 2019-2020 year are fast approaching. Check out details at: http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/

Hands on History/Backpack Collection – August 19

Summer Social

NW Suburban AAUW is kicking off our 71st program year on August 19, 2018 with a gathering where we will look at our branches’ history of working in the community. Previous members set up and ran a preschool, set up a dental clinic for migrant workers and helped found Oakton Community College.

Join us for light refreshments as we look through scrap books from our 71 years of history. Our project this year is benefiting The Harbour. We will be collecting backpacks for clients of this non-profit organization which serves homeless young women and girls in the north and northwest suburbs.