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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!



Join Us! – Community Inter Action (CIA) Service Project

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
9:15am – 12pm
Bethany Lutheran Church
76 W. Crystal Lake Ave.
Crystal Lake, IL

The Crystal Lake Area AAUW Branch will host a workshop to assist Bookfriends International with its “Girls’ Project” to make reusable menstrual pads for school girls in Africa. The project’s goal is to enable girls to attend school more consistently. If a girl can remain in school all month, she won’t fall behind in her classes. If she stays home for a week per month, she may not be allowed by her family to return. She will have less risk of becoming a victim of sex trafficking if she can remain in school.

Each menstrual hygiene kit consists of:
Two pads — reusable, washable
One pair of underwear
One quart size durable plastic zipper bag
An informational, encouraging brochure
Reusable cloth pouch

Volunteers invited to assist with cutting fabric and sewing.
Contact Carol with any questions: 815-455-1473

Menstrual Kit Contents

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