Welcome to the Aurora Area Branch of AAUW


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

A graduate holding an associate or equivalent, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution is eligible to join the AAUW.


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


For more information about the AAUW Aurora Area Branch, email aauwaurorail@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook at  AAUW Aurora – IL Area Branch.


Our branch’s programs, from the monthly Bookin’ It to Lunch Study Group and Movie Group, to the monthly General Meetings, focus on the AAUW Mission:

Removing Bias from Education

Our October 27, 2021 Program – Critical Race Theory – What it is… What it is Not!, at the Santori Library Community Room, 6pm

Fighting for Fair Pay

Our November 18, 2021 general meeting, Chili/Spaghetti Supper and Presentation Women’s Economic Security with guest speaker Shelly Sypien of Family Focused Financial, 5:30pm

Advancing Women in Leadership

Our April 11, 2022 Movie Group discussion of On the Basis of Sex 6:15pm

Learn more about branch activities in our Highlights newsletter.


The Fight for Fair Pay

The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap

The gender pay gap is the gap between what men and women are paid. Most commonly, it refers to the median annual pay of all women who work full time and year-round, compared to the pay of a similar cohort of men. Other estimates of the gender pay gap are based on weekly or hourly earnings, or are specific to a particular group of women.

The gender pay gap is the result of many factors, including occupational segregation, bias against working mothers, and direct pay discrimination. Additionally, such things as racial bias, disability, access to education, and age come into play. Consequently, different groups of women experience very different gaps in pay.

  • Asian-American and Pacific Islander Women’s Equal Day is March 9. Asian American and Pacific Islander women are paid 85 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
  • All Women’s Equal Pay Day is March 24. Women working full time and year round are paid 82 cents for every dollar paid to a man who works full time and year round.
  • Mother’s Equal Pay Day is May 5. Mothers are paid 70 cents for every dollar paid to fathers.
  • Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is August 3. Black women are paid 63 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
  • Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day is September 8. Native women are paid 60 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
  • Latina Women’s Equal Pay Day is October 21. Latinas are paid 55 cents for every dollar paid to white men.