Upcoming Branch Activities

All in person AAUW meetings have been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

ZOOM Happy Hour

August 12th at 7pm

We would like all members to become comfortable participating in virtual meetings via Zoom, as we plan to conduct our fall programs through Zoom. 

Join us from your home via any PC, iPad/Tablet, smart phone or even a regular landline phone.  The August Zoom session will feature updates on fall programming as well as brief updates from our Half the Sky and Book Groups.

The Zoom link will be sent via email.  Happy Hour is scheduled to start at 7pm, but you may check-in as early as 6:45 and we will get you set up.  

If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Miller at Kimberly@kcmanagement.biz.

The following members will be available to assist if you encounter issues connecting to Zoom during the Happy Hour:

  • Connecting from your PC: Jennifer Jordan

  • Connecting from your iPad: Sally Schuster

  • Connecting from your Smart Phone: Sarah Caltvedt

Their phone numbers may be found in the Newsletter or in the Membership Directory.

Hope you can join in!!!



This August marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. It’s a powerful and important centennial, though ratification was an incomplete victory. Black women would not get the right to vote until the passage of the Voting Rights Act forty five years later on August 6th, 1965. 

A special partnership with All In Together, the George & Barbara Bush Foundation, the LBJ Presidential Library, the National Archives, the National Constitution Center, The 19th, and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library will celebrate 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment by convening luminary women leaders, historians, policymakers, and ceiling breakers to mark this historic anniversary.

This online program will feature three conversations: a discussion focusing on the history of the women’s suffrage movement, keynotes from Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary Condoleezza Rice about the women’s equality movement today, and a panel conversation with the rising stars and future leaders who will be spearheading the changes to come.

Featured Speakers

  • Katie Eder, Executive Director, The Future Coalition
  • Professor Martha S. Jones, Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University
  • Lauren Leader, Co-Founder & CEO, All In Together
  • Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Activist, Educator, Writer, Leader
  • Nancy Pelosi, Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Condoleezza Rice, Former United States Secretary of State
  • Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO, The National Constitution Center
  • Mark Updegrove, President and CEO, LBJ Foundation
  • Professor Lisa Tetrault, Professor of History, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Abby Wambach, Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

This is a free event, but please register in advance. If you have any questions, please contact info@aitogther.org.


History Happy Hour Webinars

Registration is required.  Cost and Registration for all of the History Happy Hours are listed after each event


 History Happy Hour: The Equal Rights Amendment with Dr. Erin Kempker
 Thursday, August 6, 2020
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m (Central) / 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (EST)
FREE https://tickets.indianahistory.org/Info.aspx?EventID=104

Women have been fighting for the ERA, a constitutional amendment stating gender equality, for almost a century. Join us for a conversation with Dr. Erin Kempker as we explore the tumultuous debates to ratify the ERA in our conservative heartland, and the movement’s unlikely success in Indiana. Registration closes 2 hours prior to the start of the program.


History Happy Hour: Another Brief History of Underwear with Karen DePauw
 Thursday, August 13, 2020
 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m (Central) / 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (EST)
FREE https://tickets.indianahistory.org/Info.aspx?EventID=104

 We’re back to once again peer under the skirts of our past and talk about our unmentionables. Explore the intimate relationship between underwear and fashion with fashion historian Karen DePauw. Registration closes 2 hours prior to the start of the program.


History Happy Hour: Women Behaving Badly
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m (Central) / 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m(EST) 

$15 for non-members


 Indiana’s history is full of renegade ladies who were bold, gutsy, and fascinating. We’re back again to raise a glass to a new crop of revolutionary ladies whose political prowess changed the Hoosier state. At Women Behaving Badly, you’ll virtually meet these and other audacious advocates from the comfort of your home. Gather some themed snacks (don’t worry, we’ll send you some suggestions) and join us for an evening of Hoosier heroines on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment. Presented in partnership with Women4Change Indiana. https://www.women4changeindiana.org/


 History Happy Hour: The Stuff of Suffrage with Jessica D. Jenkins
Thursday, Aug 20, 2020
 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m (Central) /  5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (EST)
 FREE https://tickets.indianahistory.org/Info.aspx?EventID=104

 Buttons, sashes, banners, oh my! Over the seventy-year fight for the right to vote, women created all sorts of objects to get the word out about their cause. March through the history of the movement through objects with Minnetrista Director of Collections and scholar Jessica D. Jenkins. Registration closes 2 hours prior to the start of the program.


History Happy Hour: The Long Road to Voting with Dr. Joan Johnson and Dr. Allison K. Lange
Thursday, September 3, 2020
 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m (Central) / 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. (EST)
 FREE https://tickets.indianahistory.org/Info.aspx?EventID=104

 Women weren’t given the right to vote. They fought for it. Join us for a super-sized edition of the History Happy Hour as we dive into the 70-year fight for suffrage with Dr. Joan Johnson of Northwestern University and Dr. Allison K. Lange of the Wentworth Institute of Technology. Registration closes 2 hours prior to the start of the program. This program is part of the Suffrage Centennial Block Party.


Used Book Sale

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Elmhurst Area AAUW Branch has made the difficult decision to cancel the Used Book Sale this summer.  The safety of our community and the safety of our dedicated members who collect, sort, and sell these books are our primary concerns.  We hope to host the Used Book Sale again next year. 

2020 AAUW 13-State Regional Convention

The Regional Convention scheduled for June 18 – 20, 2020, in Moline, IL was canceled. The plan is to reschedule in summer 2021.

Scholarship Update

The AAUW Funds committee has decided to hold all scholarship money until next year.   Many applicants were unable to obtain records from their colleges and others did not have access to printers. All applicants were encouraged to apply again. They will be notified when the scholarships become available, and they have been encouraged to check the AAUW web site. 

Work Smart Update

We postponed our Work Smart class at the library due to the stay at home order, but a March library email listed AAUW Work Smart as on online class option which linked directly to the AAUW course offering. We look forward to rescheduling the class at the library – possibly in the fall.