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.

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

“Iron Jawed Angels” – The library has cancelled all programming

Most unfortunately, the Des Plaines Public Library has cancelled all programming.

March 14, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.
Des Plaines Library
1501 Ellinwood, Des Plaines

This month we will once again partner with the Des Plaines Public Library to show the film Iron Jawed Angels. While this is not a new film, it is a “must see” movie. Even if you’ve seen it before, you will be moved and disturbed by what you see. The struggle for suffrage was not easy and it’s not over.

Join us at the library. If enough people are interested, we could once again get together for lunch afterwards.

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:

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: