Thursday, July 17, 2008

About Our Branch


The American Association of University Women begain in 1881 with 15 college alumnae. Today’s membership is approximately 100,000.

With more than 1,000 branches and 500 college and university partners, AAUW members across the country contribute to a more promising future for women and girls.

Today’s AAUW focuses on Pay Equity, Retirement Security, Gender Equity, Financial Literacy, and Social Justice. AAUW is a catalyst for positive change.

EF–The Educational Foundation provides grants and fellowships to support educational
and professional development for women at the post-graduate level.

LAF–The Legal Advocacy Fund provides funding and a support system for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination in higher education.

This branch, founded in 1928, presently boasts more than 80 members from northeastern Lake County, Illinois, including the communities of Antioch, Beach Park, Grayslake, Green Oaks, Gurnee, Lake Forest, Lake Villa, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Wadsworth, Winthrop Harbor, Zion, and, of course, Waukegan.

Active at local, state, and national levels of AAUW, the Waukegan Area Branch is especially proud of these recent accomplishments:
(1) The Waukegan Area AAUW 75th Anniversary Research & Projects Grant (graduate level, administered nationally)
(2) The Waukegan Area Branch Local Scholarship (college-bound high school student, administered locally)

In addition to cooperating with neighboring AAUW branches on several functions each year, the Waukegan Area Branch partners with local libraries in sponsorship of programs, with The Lake County League of Women Voters on candidate forums, and with the Lake County Health Department on two programs: The Kids First Health Fair and The Real Deal: Life 101.

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