Welcome to the Deerfield Area Branch AAUW Website

The American Association of University Women promotes equity for all women and girls, lifelong education and positive societal change. In principle and practice AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership.

Our Mission: To advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy.

Our vision: Equity for all

Our Values: Nonpartisan. Fact based. Integrity, Inclusion and intersectionality.

For more information about AAUW Deerfield Area please contact cynthia.andersen@gmail.com, 708-363-3791.

Key upcoming dates:


September 13, 2022 7:00pm AAUW Deerfield Area Branch Meeting with Highland Park/Highwood League of Women Voters and AAUW Waukegan
Location: Virtual Zoom Meeting
Speaker: Dr Julie Strauss, PhD, America Politics
Topic: ” Women in Politics ”
Dr Julie Strauss has lecture offerings that include Money in Congress, Presidential Misconduct, Recent Supreme Court Decisions, The Media in Politics and The Balance of Power Between the Legislative and Executive branches.

September 20, 2022 National Voter Registration Day

September 24, 9:00am – 11:00am AAUW Fall Conference
Location: Virtual Zoom Meeting
Speakers: Multiple
Topic: “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence ”
Remarks from Donna Jean Simon, AAUW-IL President

Public Policy Update: “2022 Midterm Elections” presented by Tracey Sherman-Falcon and Paula Purdue, AAUW IL Public Policy Directors

Mini Workshop: “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” presented by the 1948 Project Team

Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is changing our world. “Smart” machines are making key decisions in healthcare, banking, employment, social media monitoring, retail and more. It is imperative that the humans who “train” these machines equitably represent the population to prevent biased decision making. In simple terms, women must play a part in the A.I. revolution. As leaders of AAUW, let’s understand the fundamentals of A.I. concepts to help influence its direction. This is an interactive module designed for non-technical participants. 1948 Project presented this at an AAUW National STEMEd for Girls Technology session this summer.

Breakout Sessions


October 11, 7:00pm AAUW Deerfield Area Branch Meeting with Waukegan AAUW Branch
Location: Virtual Zoom Meeting
Speaker: Paula Purdue, AAUW-IL Public Policy Co-Chair
Topic: “Using AAUW Values to Protect Our Public Schools ”
Paula Purdue addresses the occurence of many of our public school boards being targetted by folks who oppose AAUW values, including teaching appropriate health/sex education, allowing all students to succeed regardless of their sexual orientation, and book banning. Let’s speak up now to help our school board members manage the problem and protect our students.


November 29, 7:00pm AAUW Deerfield Area Branch Meeting
Location: Virtual Meeting
Speaker: Rhoda Pierce, of the North Shore Water Reclamation District
Topic: “ Local Environment and Water Issues ”
Current Trustee of the North Shore Water Reclamation District, Rhoda Pierce is focused on protecting public health through safe sanitation, mitigation of the effects of climate change, and negative impacts to our sanitary lines from some of the wettest years ever.


December TBD AAUW Deerfield Area Branch Holiday Party
Event: Holiday Party, 6:30pm
Location: TBD

January 2023

January 2023 Canceled Northern AAUW District’s Networking Luncheon
Event: Northern AAUW District’s Networking Luncheon
Location: TBD if Virtual

March 2023

March ? 2023 TBD Joint AAUW Deerfield Area Branch and AAUW Waukegan Meeting
Location: Gurnee Police Department Community Room
Presenter: TBD
Topic: “ No One Ever Sees Indians: Native Americans in Media”

April 2023

No Meeting

May 2023

May TBD 5:00pm May Potluck
Location: Virtual Meeting or TBD
Speaker: TBD
Topic: “ TBD”

AAUW Convention: A Call to Action from CEO Kim Churches

Copyright David Hathcox for AAUW

Whether you joined us in D.C. or not, we must be stronger than ever in our dedication to progress for women and girls. Whether you participated in the convention and feel ready to channel that energy, or you missed it and need an action plan for gender equity, here are five steps to get you started. Read more.


AAUW Takes Capitol Hill By Storm

AAUW members from Minnesota met with Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). Copyright David Hathcox for AAUW

It was a hot June day in 1989 when hundreds of AAUW members braved the heat and flooded the halls of Capitol Hill. They were there to tell members of Congress why the United States needed a paid family leave program. 28 years later, we’re at it again! Read more.


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