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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!



CL Branch to assist with CLPL Giving Tree

Our branch is sponsoring the Giving Tree hosted by the Crystal Lake Public Library again this year.

Branch members created ornaments, decorated the tree, and will transport donated gifts to Home of the Sparrow through the end of December.

Home of the Sparrow’s mission is: To Provide Hope, Opportunity and Support that empowers women and children as they journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

2018 Giving Tree ornament

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

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
9am – 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, sewing, and assembling kits.
Contact Carol with any questions: 815-455-1473

Girls Project Menstrual Kit

Girls Project Menstrual Kit

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 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

IWIL event Oct 2018