The Lockport area branch of the American Association of University Women was chartered on April 20, 1972. The branch has enjoyed a 46 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.
The 2018-2019 year began with a presentation by Donna Jean Simon, AAUW’s District 4 Director and a member of the Wheaton/Glen Ellyn Branch. She explained how to facilitate a Start Smart Workshop. Our branch has tentative plans to present a Start Smart Workshop at an area college in Spring, 2019.
The October meeting featured an experienced private detective who spoke about personal safety for women, including identity theft, safe uses of the phone, car, internet, and dating sites. In November, two fellow branch members will educate the membership on the use of essential oils. The December meeting will be an appetizer potluck and a workshop on making mandalas.
Meetings will resume in March. Barb Warner Deane, woman’s fiction writer, will discuss her book: On The Homefront. In April, the branch will again present Dr. Leslie Goddard as an interpreter of a famous American woman. This is the branch’s AAUW Funds event. In May, fashion consultant and personal shopper Pat Kwas will entertain and enlighten us on correct clothing for specific body types.
All in all, the Lockport area Branch has selected educational, informative, and entertaining programs for the pleasure of our members.
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 $90.00 annually. If you have any questions, feel free to email Mona Wilson at email@example.com or Gail Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org.