Branch Programs

January 11
The Story of Women Refugees
Elmhurst Public Library
7 pm

The plight of refugees is often in the news, but what, if anything, is being done locally? The mission of Re:New: Creating Hope for Women is to create a space for refugee women to thrive. Learn about the problems women refugees face. Through their store and studio in Glen Ellyn, Re:New offers women employment and an opportunity to make this country home. Guests are welcome

February 8
Safer for One, Safer for Everyone: Domestic Violence Education
Elmhurst Public Library
7 pm

Lauren DeSimone, Family Shelter Service Annual Giving Coordinator, speaks to us about Domestic Violence, a critical community issue that affects us all. We will learn the definitions of domestic abuse and violence and how Family Shelter Service helps those affected by this prevalent crime. The presentation will also include information on how we can help make a difference and be an advocate for victims in need in our own communities. Guests are welcome.

March 8
In Her Own Right: Marion Mahony Griffin
Elmhurst History Museum
120 E. Park Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126
7 pm

Artist and architect Marion Mahony Griffin is not a household name, but she was the backbone of the Prairie School of Architecture. Known for the beautiful, detailed renderings of many famous buildings, she was the second woman to graduate from MIT with a degree in architecture and the first woman registered to practice architecture in Illinois.

Lance Tawzer, Elmhurst History Museum’s Curator of Exhibits, leads our branch’s private tour of the museum’s amazing biographical exhibit. Members are encouraged to bring guests.

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 2016 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
    • 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.