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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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AAUW Presents Dr. Arinola Oluwo in April

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Crystal Lake Area Branch will host a Zoom program and business meeting on Monday, April 5th at 3pm.

The program will feature  Dr. Arinola Oluwo, founder of Women Advancement and Youth Research Foundation (WAYREFOUNDATION).

Program: 3pm
Business Meeting: Following our program

Dr. Arinola Oluwo holds a Ph.D. in Sociology of Education from the University of Lagos Nigeria. Her research focused on the significance of women’s control over their resources and the impact on gender equality in South West Nigeria. In 2008 she founded a Non-Governmental Organization Women Advancement & Youth Research Foundation (WAYREFOUNDATION) which advocates for women’s financial independence, female political participation, Information Communication Technology (ICT) training for girls and young women’s leadership in Lagos Nigeria. She spent years attending the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the UN, which makes her a strong advocate for gender equality and diversity in STEM where women are still under-represented and in leadership roles. She is recognized for her tireless contribution toward creating awareness and promoting women’s financial independence, encouraging girls to take control of their lives through empowerment and participation in the decision making process. She is currently working on her book about Conversations with Yoruba women and telling their stories.

Dr. Oluwo will speak to the group about “The Girls’ Reading Room Project”, a current program of WAYREFOUNDATION.

Contact Us by April 4, 2021 to request your Zoom invitation.

Dr. Arinola Oluwo


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AAUW continues to push forward policies that break educational and economic barriers to women. AAUW’s strategic plan focuses on advancing gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy. The vision is equity for all.

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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