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Welcome to the AAUW Crystal Lake Area (IL) Branch!

The mission of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is bold –
to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.  

We are tenacious and trailblazing – advocating for women and girls since 1881 and into the future!

The Crystal Lake Area branch was organized in 1957 and is one of 38 branches in Illinois.

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February Branch Meeting and Program

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Out of an abundance of caution due to the surge in Covid cases, we are having our February Meeting and Program via Zoom.  Anyone interested in joining our meeting, please e-mail crystallake-il@aauw.net for a Zoom link.

Start of Meeting:  9:50 AM
Program:  10:00 AM
Business Meeting:  Immediately following our Program

Our Program will feature Patricia Miller, owner of Matrix 4, a plastics manufacturer in Woodstock.

In 1976, the bones of what is now known as ‘M4 Factory’ was founded by a toolmaker smitten with the American Dream.  In 2014, that founder’s granddaughter – Patricia – left her high-ranking career with a Fortune 500 brand to take over the business and create the brand’s new ascent.

Patricia has created the first product design & manufacturing “house” to drive industry growth and innovation; and usher in a new era of culture, leadership, and sophistication.

The House of M4 was named to Inc’s 5000 Fastest Growing Company several years running and was named a Top Workplace and a Top Manufacturer in the US by Plastics News. Patricia was celebrated by Crain’s Chicago 40 under 40 for her achievements as well recognized by Plastics News as most Notable Women in Manufacturing and an Enterprising Woman 2020 by Enterprising Women magazine.


Crystal Lake Branch Earns AAUW 5 Star Program Award

AAUW’s Five-Star National Recognition Program rewards affiliates (states, branches and other organizations) for aligning their work with the AAUW strategic plan and other initiatives that foster the organization’s mission of advancing gender equity for women and girls.

AAUW has awarded Crystal Lake Area Branch 5 stars for the Programs, Communications & External Relations, Public Policy & Research, Advancement, and Governance & Sustainability areas of AAUW’s national 5 Star Recognition Program.

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