Welcome to the Downers Grove Area (IL) Branch of AAUW!

AAUW (American Association of University Women): www.aauw.org is a national organization of 100,000 women and men in more than 1000 branches across the country. AAUW promotes equity for all women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal changes.

We support the National AAUW mission:
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

The Downers Grove Area Branch was founded in 1949 and has approximately 100 members from Darien, Downers Grove, Lisle, Westmont, and Woodridge. As a branch, we study global issues, promote women’s education, and meet for social events.

There is not a public program in January.

Advocating for Children and Their Rights

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Social Time: 6:30 P.M., Business Meeting: 7 P.M., Program: 7:30 P.M.

Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove

Learn of the valiant people, as well as programs such as CASA (Court-Appointed Speciacasal Advocates), that help neglected, abused or otherwise-in-need children. Our own branch member Claudia Kappel is a CASA volunteer and branch member Maureen Murphy is a lawyer who specializes in Juvenile Abuse, Neglect, and Delinquency cases. They will be joining the main speaker, Beth Stremel, CASA’s Director of Development.  Following a short overview of the CASA program, each will share a bit of her experiences and then answer questions.

Thanks to the ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out) for supporting our Legal Advocacy Fund benefit at Fuddruckers, and for graciously smiling for a snapshot by Kate Skegg!


The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) works to challenge sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace. Sex discrimination today takes a variety of forms: unfair pay, pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and violations of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 can affect both women and men. LAF addresses these barriers by informing people of their rights and using the legal system to seek justice and change.