Welcome to the Chicago (IL) Branch of AAUW!

What: A Conversation with IL State Representative Ann Williams and AAUW-IL state lobbyist Jenni Purdue
When: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Time: 4:00pm via zoom
RSVP: To Ruth Holst at holstruth@gmail.com to receive the zoom link or the zoom phone number to call in to hear the event

Join our lobbyist and Chicago branch member, Jenni Purdue and one of our Illinois State Representatives, Rep. Ann Williams, of Chicago to discuss the legislative process in Springfield, including how a bill becomes law, a Springfield update, and answer your questions in this Q & A focused event. All are welcome to attend and bring your questions. Please help spread the work to your networks. Ann Williams is currently serving her fifth term as State Representative of the 11th District on Chicago’s North Side. The district includes the Chicago neighborhoods of West Lakeview, Roscoe Village and Northcenter, as well as parts of Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, and Ravenswood.
Ann’s priorities include supporting our neighborhood schools, protecting critical human services, preventing gun violence, and restoring fiscal stability to Illinois. She is a strong and unwavering advocate of reproductive rights, and was a leader in bringing marriage equality to Illinois. She remains committed to ensuring equality for all Illinois families. Ann has sponsored and supported numerous legislative initiatives pertaining to privacy rights and data privacy.

Formerly chair of the Green Caucus, Ann is a leader on issues related to the environment. She is the lead sponsor of the Clean Energy Jobs Act and consistently has a 100% voting record with the Illinois Environmental Council. Ann currently chairs the Energy and Environment Committee. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Judiciary-Civil Committee, and is a member of the Labor Committee and the Committee on Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, & IT.

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.

Vision Statement:  AAUW will be a powerful advocate and visible leader in equity and education through research, philanthropy, and measurable change in critical areas impacting the lives of women and girls.

The AAUW Educational Foundation provides funds to advance education, research, and self-development for women and to foster equity and positive societal change.

The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund provides funding and a support system for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination.

AAUW’s Public Policy Program actively supports our mission to promote equity and education for women and girls.

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AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership.
There shall be no barriers to full participation in this
organization on the basis of gender, race, creed,

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