Join us! Elizebeth Smith Friedman: The Woman Who Smashed Codes

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!
Join us for a lively discussion, register in advance for this meeting and you’ll get the Zoom link.

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.

Join us! Trailblazing Women of Park Ridge

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.

Join us! Ida B. Wells: Her Life and Legacy

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. Sign up to receive the Zoom meeting link Here 

If you need help using Zoom, see our guide at How to Video Conference with Zoom or email us at

Michelle Duster’s book Ida B. the Queen will be published on January 26, 2021 and is available for purchase at The Book Stall.

Join us! Title IX: Breaking Barriers/Restoring Protections

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

Vote early! Encourage others!

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!

Join us on zoom! “The Vote”

Watch The Vote, American Experience,  on WTTW  July 6 & July 7 at 8 pm

If you missed Monday or Tuesday nights presentation, you can view them in their  entirety here:
Part 1:
Part 2:

The Vote tells the dramatic story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote, a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history. In its final decade, movement leaders wrestled with contentious questions about the most effective methods for affecting social change, debating the use of militant and even violent tactics. Exploring how and why millions of 20th century Americans mobilized for – and against – women’s suffrage, “The Vote” brings to life the unsung leaders of the movement and the deep controversies over gender roles and race that divided Americans then, and continues to dominate political discourse today.

Discussion of the PBS programs: Zoom meetings on July 14 (Tues.) 7 – 8:30 pm
For more information: click here.

Join us on zoom! Women who broke barriers discussion

Documentaries on WTTW:

Marian Anderson:  Once in a Hundred Years
Monday, June 8, at 9:30 pm
If you missed this episode, recordings and background information about Marian can be found here:

Mae West:  American Masters
Tuesday, June 16, at 8:00 pm
If you missed it, you can view it in its entirety online:

Great Performances:  Ann (Richards)
Friday, June 19, at 9:00 pm
If you missed it, you can view it in its entirety online:

Toni Morrison:  American Masters
Tuesday, June 23, at 8:00 pm
If you missed it, you can view it in its entirety online:

Great Performances:  Gloria (Steinem):  A Life
Friday, June 26, at 9:00 pm
If you missed it, you can view it in its entirety online:

The discussion of these PBS programs: Zoom meetings on June 30, 7-8:30 pm

For more information: Click here.

Join us! Zoom discussions “Mrs. America” ERA series

Mrs. AmericaMrs. America tells the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly, aka “the sweetheart of the silent majority.” Through the eyes of the women of the era – both Schlafly and second wave feminists Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelshaus – the series explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the 70s helped give rise to the Moral Majority and forever shifted the political landscape.

Since so much of our program year has been canceled and we are all sitting at home now, the NW Suburban AAUW board has decided to put together a “virtual” end of year program. We will be viewing and discussing the new miniseries Mrs. America. If you haven’t seen the write-ups it is about the movement to ratify the ERA in the 70’s and prominently follows Phyllis Schlafly as she organizes against the movement. It is a nine part series hosted by Hulu.

Hulu is a streaming service that you can watch from your computer or TV (if you can figure that out!) Each installment is about an hour long. Hulu has a introductory offer of a month free and also has other packages to chose from. Here is some information about how to use Hulu:

Participants will watch the series at home (like preparing for book club) and come together via Zoom for discussion on three dates to discuss three segments each time. We are planning for 1- 1 ½ hour discussions.

For more information or in need of help with Hulu or Zoom click here.

Join us for one, two or all three of the discussions!


Wednesday, May 20 at 7pm
Episode 1: Phyllis
Episode 2: Gloria
Episode 3: Shirley

Wednesday, June 3 at 7pm
Episode 4: Betty
Episode 5: Phyllis & Fred & Brenda & Marc
Episode 6: Jill

Wednesday, June 17 at 7pm
Episode 7: Bella
Episode 8: Houston
Episode 9: Reagan