Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 7 pm
Elmhurst Public Library
At the Branch meeting on January 13, we will view the documentary Girl Rising, a series of short stories of young women and girls from Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, “Girl Rising” journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.
If time allows, we’ll discuss some of the issues inspired in the movie. Bring a guest.
Branch Book Discussion: Grace and Grit by Lilly Ledbetter
Wednesday ,February 10, 2016, 7 pm
Elmhurst Public Library
The inspiring story of the woman at the center of the historic discrimination case that inspired the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act–her fight for equal rights in the workplace, and how her determination became a victory for the nation.
Lilly Ledbetter always knew that she was destined for something more than what she was born into–a house with no running water or electricity in the small town of Possum Trot, Alabama. In 1979, when Lilly applied for her dream job at the Goodyear tire factory, she got the job–one of the first women hired at the management level. Nineteen years after her first day at Goodyear, Lilly received an anonymous note revealing that she was making thousands less per year than the men in her position.
When she filed a sex-discrimination case against Goodyear, Lilly won–and then heartbreakingly lost on appeal. Over the next eight years, her case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, where she lost again. But Lilly continued to fight, and became the namesake of Barack Obama’s first official piece of legislation as president. A winning memoir and a powerful call to arms, Grace and Grit is the story of a true American icon.
AAUW Elmhurst Area Branch is dedicated to the AAUW mission
of advancing equity for women and girls
through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
Visitors and prospective members are welcome to all of our meetings. If you are interested in joining our branch, please come to one of our meetings and ask for a membership application.
Elmhurst Branch Philanthropic Activities
For over 50 years, the Elmhurst Area Branch has sponsored an annual Used Book Sale. This is our primary fund raising activity. The sale is usually held the first Thursday-Sunday in August at an Elmhurst school. The proceeds from this sale are used to fund AAUW research and programs on the national level as well as scholarships at the local level. The 2015 Book Sale was another resounding success, raising funds for scholarships and providing an inexpensive place for the community to shop for a complete range of books.
Elmhurst Branch Activities
The Branch has general meetings on the second Wednesday of the month from September through May. Programs begin at 7:00 p.m. and are usually held at the Elmhurst Public Library. For details on this year’s program line up, see the Program page.
In the summer, our members are actively involved in preparing for the Annual Used Book Sale. Volunteers are always welcome.
The Branch also has a number of special study groups. These currently include:
- Book Discussion Group
- Noontime Potpourri of Ideas Discussion Group
- Half the Sky
AAUW Value Promise
By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance.
AAUW Mission Statement
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
Accepting members with Associates Degrees or higher.