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The Chicago Loop branch of AAUW was founded by Alexis Reese in June 2009. Our branch mission is a commitment to the women and girls living and working in an urban environment who want to pursue their educational dreams. We strive to interest and to network with Chicago area professionals in current local, national, and global issues related to women.

December 10: Legal Defense for Women in the Workplace

About this event:

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. Alexis Reese will tell us about AAUW’s Legal Advocacy Fund, which protects women in the workplace by informing people of their rights and using the legal system to seek justice and change. Legal Advocacy Fund is currently supporting cases involving harassment, equal pay, sex discrimination and more.

At this last meeting of the year, we’ll live it up with wine and cheese in additional to the usual coffee and tea, while raising funds to support the Legal Advocacy Fund through a silent auction.

 

When and where:

Saturday, December 10, 2016

12:30 PM

65 East Huron, 3rd Floor

 

About AAUW:

American Association of University Women (AAUW) has advocated for women since 1881, and we’re looking for the next generation of women’s empowerment leaders. We need you.

Even if you don’t know our name, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about recent research on the pay gap between women and men, underrepresentation of women in science and engineering, or how stereotypes and bias affect the status of women in leadership, all sponsored by AAUW. We work to get women registered to vote and informed to make good choices. We fight for equal pay on all fronts, from research to mentoring to salary negotiation training.

There’s more. One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $3.7 million in funding for more than 230 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2016–17 academic year. And it doesn’t end there.

AAUW has more than a century of experience in concrete action that goes much deeper than shares and likes. What we want now is to know that this great history will lead into a great future. Our aim is to help you find a way to get involved, in a way that suits you – whether that’s as modest as becoming a Two-Minute Activist or as challenging as taking on a leadership role.

We’re not kidding about welcoming new leaders. Want to organize events? Lead an advocacy project? Raise fund or recruit members? Got something else in mind? Come and talk to us.

AAUW is a membership organization, and we hope you’ll choose to become a member. Membership is open to anyone with a degree at the Associates level or higher, and also to current college students, both women and men. Ask us for an application and information on dues or any or question you may have.

 

November 12, 2016: Fight Human Trafficking

By nurturing transformative, sustainable change for healing and freedom, Magdalene House Chicago stands in solidarity with women who have survived lives of trafficking, prostitution, addiction and homelessness.

Susan Beyer will discuss the work of Magdalena House, and what we can do to fight human trafficking in our community and around the world.

When and where:

November 12, 2016

Chapter business meeting begins 10:30 am. Presentation, 11 am.

65 East Huron, Kyles Gallery

Chicago, Illinois 60611

September 10, 2016: Meet AAUW Fellows

This year, AAUW is providing more than $3.7 million in funding for fellows and grantees to support academic work and lead innovative community projects to empower women and girls. We’ll meet Katrina Malone and Skyler Schrempp, two current AAUW fellows, and learn about their work.

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Katrina Malone has worked with several nonprofit organizations to bring affordable housing and community facilities to disadvantaged neighborhoods. She is an active board member of Deborah’s Place, a nonprofit offering permanent supportive housing for women in Chicago. Her work will focus on community development, with an emphasis on empowering women to create sustainable change in their communities through educational and economic opportunities. She is the recipient of an AAUW Selected Professions Fellowship and studies Business Administration and Management at Northwestern University.

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Skyler Schrempp is Artistic Director of The Viola Project, which empowers girls in Chicago’s underserved communities through Shakespeare. Middle and high school students will use Shakespeare’s text as a lens through which to explore contemporary social justice issues facing girls and women. The project includes a performance component and many creative activities, with the goal of helping young women find their creative voices, advocate for themselves, and engage with their communities.

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Growing up surrounded by bloodshed and the loss of young men and women killed throughout her South Chicago neighborhood, Eva Jimenez has advocated for children and youth for many years. She has identified a need for emotional support among these young men and women, and she is pursuing a professional educator license with an endorsement in school counseling so she can continue supporting young people emotionally.

When and where:

September Meeting 10,2016

Chapter business meeting begins 10:30 am. Presentation, 11 am.

65 East Huron, Kyles Gallery

Chicago, Illinois 60611

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AAUW Chicago Loop Branch President, Dr. Shaheen Sayeed, is seen here with the founder of Grameen Bank, Dr. Muhammad Yunus, who is the recipient of innumerable awards, including the Mother Teresa Award in 2006 and the Nobel Peace Prize the same year for his efforts to improve the lives of impoverished men and women through offering microcredit without requiring collateral.

 

IMG_1357They are attending the 25th Anniversary Gala of Apna Ghar (Our Home) on September 24, 2015, at which Dr. Yunus was the chief guest. Apna Ghar “provides holistic services to women and children across immigrant communities in the Chicago area to end the cycle of domestic violence.”

Dr. Sayeed, a two-term past president of Apna Ghar, is currently active on the organization’s Alumni Board.

 

Meet the Fellows We Support

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: 65 East Huron, Chicago, IL
Facilitator: Dr. Lisa  Ann Acosta

A light brunch will be served.

Recipient: Rashida Abdul-Ganiyu
Award Year: 2015-16
Award: International Fellowship
Institution: University of Illinois, Chicago
Citizenship: Ghana
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Discipline: Biology
Degree and Specialization: Sc.D., Biological sciences (molecular cell and developmental biology)

Rashida Abdul-Ganiyu hopes to use her research findings to help increase productivity and production among resource-poor women farmers in Ghana. Her passion for helping disadvantaged people led her to establish Tab-bu Foundation, a youth-led charity organization that supports orphans, children with disabilities, and needy rural women and children.

Recipient: Midwest Academy
Project Director: Kate Barthelme
Award Year: 2015-16
Award: Community Action Grant
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Term: One-year
Project Name: Women’s Legislative Leadership Project

The Women’s Legislative Leadership Project is an intensive policy training program that equips women, their allies, and their organizations with the capacity to advocate successfully for sound policies that ensure economic stability, equity, and justice for women in Illinois, with a focus on benefiting older women of color and their communities.

Recipient: Breakthrough
Project Director: Amy Coles
Award Year: 2015-16
Award: Community Action Grant
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Term: One-year
Project Name: STEAM Education for Girls

Breakthrough’s STEAM Education for Girls programs incorporates STEM programs with the arts to provide a holistic learning experience for girls in East Garfield Park on Chicago’s west side. Through this innovative program, girls are exposed to a variety of technical skills and future career opportunities. The goal is to give high-quality education programming to underserved youth, to expand and deepen skill sets, and to create workers.

Genevieve Dempsey, AAUW American FellowName: Genevieve Dempsey
Award Year: 2015-16
Award: American Fellowship
Institution: University of Chicago
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Discipline: Music
Degree and Specialization: Ph.D., Ethnomusicology
Project Name:
‘Salve Maria’: The Sacred Sound of Congado in Afro-Brazilian Musical Communities

Genevieve Dempsey’s research investigates how congadeiros, Afro-Brazilian practitioners of popular Catholicism, use sacred musical performances as forums for negotiating racial and gender identities. She explores the ways in which congadeiros turn to music to collectively mobilize for the advancement of cultural rights, social justice, and racial and gender equality.

Name: Nisheeta Jagtiani
Award Year: 2015-16
Award: International Fellowship
Institution: University of Chicago
Citizenship: India
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Discipline: Religion
Degree and Specialization: M.A., Religious studies

Nisheeta Jagtiani’s interest is the sociocultural effects of Dalits coverting to Buddhism in modern India. The Dalits, often called the untouchables, form the lowest caste of the Hindu caste system. They have been discriminated against by upper caste members in almost all spheres of life such as social, professional, and cultural. Dalits women are the most vulnerable members of the community and are most often victims of rape and physical abuse.

Name: Rehanna Kheshgi
Award Year: 2015-16
Award: American Fellowship
Institution: University of Chicago
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Discipline: Music
Degree and Specialization: Ph.D., Ethnomusicology
Project Name:
Crowning the Bihu Queen: Music, Rural Youth Culture, and Gender in Liberalizing Northeast India

Rehanna Kheshgi’s research directs attention to the situated politics of young women performers in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. She investigates how economic liberalization has shaped national identity, increased the circulation of mass media, and opened up possibilities for challenging traditional gender roles by focusing on the springtime Assamese Bihu festival.

Name: Ariel Schwartz
Award Year: 2015-16
Award: American Fellowship
Institution: Northwestern University
Location: Evanston, Illinois
Discipline: Religion
Degree and Specialization: Ph.D., Religious studies
Project Name:
In the Wake of Hate: Rebuilding Religion, Place, and Community in Sacramento and Joplin

Ariel Schwartz examines the effects of violence committed against religious minorities in the United States. Focusing on the arsons of a California synagogue and a Missouri mosque, her dissertation addresses the consequences of hate crimes for communities’ reconstructions of religious space, practice, and identity and the lived expressions of pluralism and belonging.

Annual Meeting

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Episcopal Diocese
65 East Huron Street
Chicago, Illinois

We will be electing officers for 2015–2016 at this meeting

April Branch Meeting

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: 65 East Huron, The Gallery

Professor Charles Peterson, Dean of the College, North Park University, Chicago will present “Why Be Like Scandinavia?” a look at eleven international rankings including a focus on the World Economic Forum’s Global “Gender Gap Report 2014.”  While Scandinavian countries take the top five spots on the list of countries with the best record on limiting the gender gap;  Nicaragua, Barundi, South Africa and several developed countries score higher than the United States which comes in at 20th place.