Programs

2016-2017 Program Information 

All programs are held at the Elmhust Public Library in the large meeting rooms
on the first floor unless otherwise noted in the program description.

Visitors are welcome at all Branch programs!

Wednesday, September 14, 6 pm
September Supper
River Forest Country Club, 15W468 Grand Ave., Elmhurst
On Wednesday, September 14, 6 pm, AAUW–Elmhurst Branch begins the 2016-17 year with a delicious meal, a chance to catch up with old friends, and an opportunity to meet new people. This fall the event will be held at

Elmhurst’s beautiful River Forest Country Club. The room looks out on this gorgeous golf course, and the menu, which is detailed on the flyer, sounds absolutely wonderful. The cost is $30 per person and includes tax, tip, and valet parking. There will be a cash bar for drinks other than coffee, tea, or water. A short talk will highlight the program schedule for the upcoming year.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 7. Send your reservation to Pat O’Dwyer.

Wednesday, October 12, 7 pm
The Long Road to Victory
Historian and actor Annette Baldwin recreates five leaders in the 72-year battle for women’s right to vote: Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, and Carrie Chapman Catt. Their passionate and inspiring stories are presented as a series of vignettes with the Woman Suffrage Leaders sharing their experiences and expressing their views. What these courageous, dedicated women have to say remind us that the social, political, educational, and professional freedom and advancement of women was a long and arduous commitment. Our branch is cosponsoring this fully-costumed and fast-paced production with the Elmhurst Public Library.

Wednesday, November 9, 7 pm
The Image of Women in Advertising
Elmhurst College professor and branch member Jane Jegerski will show the film Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women. You will see how advertising creates damaging gender stereotypes in both print and television ads. These images and messages reinforce unhealthy perceptions of beauty and sexuality. Sex sells, but do we want it to? Jane will guide us through a discussion of the issues raised in the film and make us more aware of the ways advertising affects us.

December 14
Holiday Party
Anne Klein’s home
Join us for a festive evening of holiday cheer when Anne Klein graciously opens her home for our Holiday Party. Enjoy the wonderful music of Les Caltvedt. Members whose last names begin with A-L bring an appetizer while those with M-Z bring a dessert. A $5 fee, collected at the party, covers beverages and other incidentals. For more information contact Pat O’Dwyer or Sally Schuster.

January 11
The Story of Women Refugees
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.

February 8
Domestic Violence Education
Family Shelter Service, located in Wheaton, provides general information about domestic violence and details the ways this organization helps women and their children deal with and negotiate the difficulties they face. The Family Shelter Service Vision Statement, “To create a community that is free of domestic violence and safe for all,” surely makes us companions walking the same road.

March 8
In Her Own Right: Marion Mahony Griffin
Elmhurst History Museum
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. Explore this amazing biographical exhibit with Lance Tawzer, Curator of Exhibits.

April 12
The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap
This year Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, April 4, 2017. This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Speaker Lisa Cherry from AAUW’s Gender Equity Fund will address issues involving the lower wages women are paid. Using AAUW’s research Lisa explains the pay gap in the United States; how it affects women of all ages, races, and education levels; and what you can do to close it.

May 10
May Supper
Café Amano, 6:30 pm
The year ends with supper at Café Amano in Elmhurst. Meet the 2017 local scholarship recipient. A local author talks about her work. The cost of the meal is $30 per person and includes tax and gratuity. More information will be available closer to the date.