Welcome to the Chicago (IL) Branch of AAUW!

November Program Event
The Chicago Branch, in partnership with the Jane Addams Branch, is once
again hosting a virtual meeting via Zoom to showcase three AAUW Fellows and

Join us from 10:30 to noon on Saturday November 11, 2023.
This year’s presenters include:
Aparajita Santra
International Fellowship, India
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Architecture and design: Ph.D., Contemporary urban spatial production of cities of the Global
Ms. Santra is researching spatial negotiations of working-class women of lower castes in
Kolkata, India using the lenses of intersectionality and spatial justice.

Seyma Kabaoglu
International Fellowship, Turkey
Northwestern University
Cultural anthropology: Ph.D., Cultural anthropology
Ms. Kabaoglu is conducting an ethnographic study of politics of doubt and ethical finance in
Turkey’s Islamic participation banking industry.

Dana Fanslow
Career Development Grant
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Library sciences: M.S., Social Justice & Administration
Ms. Fanslow’s work consists of educating others that literary collections, programs, and
physical spaces should reflect that the world is not one-dimensional so individuals can learn
about themselves, as well as others.

Register in advance:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information
about joining the meeting.

The AAUW Funds—as one of the world’s largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate
women–supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented. AAUW Funds is providing more than $6 million in support of 285 scholars, fellows and grantees in the 2023-24 award year. These exceptional recipients will pursue academic work and lead innovative community projects to empower women and girls. AAUW has been a leading source of funding, providing more than $135 million in fellowships and grants to more than 13,000 women and organizations in the US and around the world.

Sponsored by Chicago Inc. branch in partnership with the Jane Addams Online
branch of AAUW.

For more information, contact chicagoaauw@hotmail.com or http://chicago-il.aauw.net/

The Beginning of Biases

Attitudes about female behavior start from the moment a baby is swaddled in pink. Girls experience these gender stereotypes to varying degrees throughout their childhood and they become fully institutionalized in our education system. As soon as a girl starts school, she encounters subtle (and sometimes blatant) messages about her academic abilities and future potential. Students of color and those from low-income families face additional biases that limit their opportunity.

Even in the elementary school years, girls face barriers that ultimately hinder their achievement, particularly in math and science. These barriers are reinforced throughout middle and high school. As a result, when they enter college, women gravitate toward college majors that prepare them for lower-paying fields, and away from the STEM fields that lead to higher paying jobs. And although women have surpassed men in earning degrees,  research shows that women are disproportionally represented in 6 of the 10 lowest-paying college majors, while 9 of the 10 highest-paying majors (all in the STEM fields) are dominated by men.

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Closing the Pay Gap with AAUW
At the current rate, the gender pay gap will not close until 2106. In 2018, AAUW announced our bold pledge to train 10 million women in salary negotiation by 2022. We will not wait for policies and employer culture alone to determine when we reach parity. We are working to empower women nation-wide with skills to effectively negotiate their salary and benefits and become agents of change in their communities.

Attend our online or in person AAUW Start Smart and AAUW Work Smart workshops. We are fighting to close the pay gap, one workshop at a time. Bring an AAUW salary negotiation training to your community, or share our programs and become and advocate for equal pay.

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Mission Statement of AAUW:  AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.

Value Promise:  By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so all women have a fair chance.

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