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

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) advances gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.

The AAUW is a nationwide network committed to taking positions on the fundamental issues of the day – educational, social, economic and political.  We believe in equity for all.

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

We hope you’ll explore our site and come back often!



Women’s History Month Trivia Contest – CANCELED due to COVID-19


Our branch is co-sponsoring this event with the Algonquin Area Public Library!

Monday, March 30
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Harnish Main Library – computer lab

Test your knowledge of all things “women and the right to vote” using the Kahoot app (loaded onto computers in the lab-easy to use!); compete for the title of AAPLD’s Women’s History Champion!

Prizes and cake!

Before the Trivia, check out our VR (Virtual Reality Google Expeditions…think an interactive “ViewMaster”) for patrons to visit the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument in Washington DC! There are links to other information and objects in the “rooms.”

Algonquin Library Card is NOT required to attend this event.
Click Here to register, or call 847-458-6060

Annual Spring Luncheon – CANCELED due to COVID-19


Presented by Phil Passen

Saturday, April 18
Crystal Lake Country Club

On Saturday, April 18, 2020, our branch will host its Annual Spring Luncheon, celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.  We have a very special program for you this year, featuring Phil Passen.  From his website:

“2019 marks 100 years since Congress passed the 19th amendment — forbidding states to deny the right to vote on the basis of sex — on June 4, 1919, and sent it to the states for ratification. Illinois was one of the first three states, along with Michigan and Wisconsin, to ratify the amendment, just six days after Congress passed it. 2020 marks 100 years since August 26, 1920, when Tennessee became the last of the necessary 36 states to ratify the amendment, thus making it the law of the land.

This program consists of songs about women’s suffrage from as early as the mid-nineteenth century through 1920. In addition, the program includes songs from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries about the role of women in society, including songs about equal work for equal pay, reproductive rights, and other relevant topics. It begins with “Winning the Vote,” a humorous but pointed song written in 1912 as a conversation between men and women about women’s suffrage; and end with “Bread and Roses,” the anthemic song of women workers based on a poem inspired by the 1912 Lawrence textile strike. This is an entertaining and informative look at the fight for women’s right to vote and the continuing fight for women’s rights.”

Branch members donate themed baskets for our raffle, giving participants a chance to go home with fabulous prizes.

This fundraiser, our biggest of the year, supports educational scholarships and programs of the Crystal Lake Area Branch of AAUW.

About Phil Passen: https://www.philpassen.com

Take AAUW’s Free Online “Work Smart” Salary Negotiation Training!

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is working to close the gender pay gap by 2030!

Join the 10 million women across the U.S. being trained in salary negotiation. Learn how to improve your financial future and secure the pay you deserve.

Free “Work Smart” Online Training

What is the pay gap?

The difference between what an average woman working full-time is paid compared to the average man. American women earn only 80 percent of their male counterparts, a pay gap of 20 percent. Black and Hispanic women earn even less. Even just one year out of college, women are paid 18 percent less than men.

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AAUW honored for work done to pass ERA in Illinois

The Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership Training Academy (IWIL) honored organizations that worked on the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in Illinois.  The event was held on October 18, 2018 at Maggiano’s  in Chicago.  Senator Richard Durbin and other state and local elected officials were also in attendance.  (Senator Durbin’s wife, Loretta, is one of the founders of IWIL)

While several other organizations were honored, Paula Purdue from AAUW was acknowledged as someone who had been working for decades on the issue, one of only three who was asked to give remarks.

Your own Crystal Lake Area Branch was represented at this event.  We all worked in one way or another to get ERA passed in Illinois.  And we will continue to push to get it passed at the national level.  Join us!

Meredith Sarkees Jo-An Takamoto Sabonjian
Oct 2018 IL Womens Institute for Leadership Training

IWIL event Oct 2018








How the IL House voted on ERA – May 2018

How the IL Senate voted on ERA, April 2018