The Lockport area branch of the American Association of University Women was chartered on April 20, 1972. The branch has enjoyed a 45 year history of community involvement; action on key legislative issues at the local, state, and national level; support of the Education Funds which enable women to pursue doctoral and post-doctoral research; support of the Legal Advocacy Fund which enables women who have been victims of discrimination to pursue justice; and support of Research and Development funds. All of our programs are enhanced by our commitment to AAUW’s mission: to advance equality of women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. In particular, the members are very active advocates of public policy issues, such as the gender wage gap, gender equity, women’s health, Title IX enforcement and STEM initiatives, and educational topics, such as sexual harassment and bullying in schools. The use of AAUW’s Two-Minute Activist is encouraged.
Exciting programs await the membership this year. Andi Davis, representing AAUW’s Gender Equity Fund, is presenting at our September meeting. Members will be updated on Title IX in October. In March, a master gardener will pose the question: Organic vs. Traditional Gardening? As our fundraiser this year, Dr. Leslie Goddard will present “Hamilton’s Women.” Our branch member Renee Thakali will share her knowledge of life in Nepal. Other programs are being solidified.
The Lockport branch welcomes new members. Please fill out our application and mail to membership chair Mona Wilson, 2012 Boehme St., Lockport, IL 60441. Dues are $80.00 annually. If you have any questions, feel free to email Mona Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Gail Mitchell at email@example.com.