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On-Line Edition      Thursday, July 27, 2017      Vol. 59  No. 30

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Giant used book sale next Week!
Thousands of used books will be offered for sale next week during the Lombard Area AAUW’s annual Used Book Sale at First Church of Lombard’s Hatfield Hall, 220 S. Main St. The sale will run Wednesday, Aug. 2, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. ($5 entry fee), Thursday, Aug. 3, and Friday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (free entry both days), and Saturday, Aug. 5, 9 a.m. to noon (free entry-$10/bag o' books day). Pictured outside Hatfield Hall are AAUW members (left to right) Nancie Stewart and her granddaughter Olivia Vidal, Betsy Swinson, Leslie Sulla, and Swinson's granddaughter Hadley Barnes. For more sale details, visit lombard-il.aauw.net on the Web.  Photo by Steve Spoden

                ***** Out & About  by Jane Charmelo *****

History of AAUW includes philanthropy and education for women

The Lombard-area branch of the American Association of University Women, or AAUW, is again hosting its used book sale to raise money for philanthropic causes and also to award local scholarships, a tradition that goes back to the group's roots.
    According to Lillian Budd in "Footsteps on the Tall Grass Prairie," in March 1959 the Lombard-Villa Park Branch of the AAUW was formed, the first president of which was June Ray.
    The philanthropic nature of the AAUW, on a national level, actually goes back to the early 1880s, when the first meeting was held. Marion Talbot and Ellen Richards met in Boston, along with 15 other college alumnae representing eight colleges to "discuss the needs of college-educated women," according to the AAUW website's timeline.
    In addition to focusing on the needs of, and opportunities for, women with a college education and providing opportunities for other women to get a college education, the women discussed forming the Association of Collegiate Alumnae (ACA).
    That led to 65 alumnae from eight colleges forming the organization, according to the AAUW, with Washington, D.C., as the home base. Later, local branches were formed, "with the provision that they carry on the work of the larger association in addition to their independent work."
    Branches from New York, Pacific/San Francisco, Philadelphia and Boston branches were founded in 1886.
    It was not long after that Ida Street received the first fellowship from the Western Association of Collegiate Alumnae, which was formed in 1883 and merged with the ACA in 1889.
    When the 25th anniversary of the ACA rolled around, Richards presented findings from her survey of how women were faring 25 years later, and concluded that women should receive equal pay for equal work.
    That philosophy became a standard for the ACA, when it began studying civil service jobs, which showed that women's pay was 78 percent that of men's.
    Marie Curie was an early recipient of ACA funds, when she was awarded money to purchase a gram of radium for her research. Her daughter would later return a portion of the unused money, which was used to create the Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship.
    The Southern Association of College Women was founded in 1903, and merged with the ACA in 1931 to form the AAUW.
    By the organization's 50th anniversary, there were 521 branches and 36,800 members. By 1949, there were just under 1,100 branches and over 108,000 members.
    During the 1940s, the AAUW raised money for its War Relief Fund, to assist European scholars and university women who were "displaced by the military occupation and no longer able to continue their work," according to the AAUW.
    During World War II, the AAUW supported establishing units for women in the armed forces, and advocated for equal pay and rank for women. The AAUW, in 1946, also received observer status with the United Nations.
    In 1950, then-Sen. Joseph McCarthy accused the AAUW's former international relations associate, Esther Brunauer, of supporting Communist enterprises. She was defended by the AAUW's general director, Kathryn McHale, and the board of directors.
    The AAUW established its Educational Foundation in 1958 to supplement the work of the AAUW. This included administering fellowships, grant programs and special research projects, along with maintaining a library, and sponsoring AAUW events and other educational activities.
    In the 1960s the AAUW established the College Faculty Program to encourage women to train to become faculty and administrators, and the African Educators Program, to help African women from other countries study in the United States.
    The Coretta Scott King Fund was established to provide opportunities for women to study African American culture and history, and "broker social change and peace."
    During the 1970s, fellowships were established for women graduate students to study in male-dominated fields such as law and medicine. Research and project grants were launched to study various topics related to women, such as the balance between home life and work life, and to develop resource centers for women on college campuses.
    The 1980s saw the awarding of $1 million in grants and awards in one year, the AAUW receiving a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to launch the Families and Work Project, and the establishment of the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund, to focus on education of girls ages kindergarten to 12.
    In the 1990s, the Educational Foundation shifted its focus on some of its programs from the 1970s — by looking at expanding career options for women in science, math, architecture, engineering and technology.
    The AAUW also developed new grant programs to respond to evolving needs of women, such as pursuing projects or non-degree research.
    The 2000s saw an increasing focus on women and girls in traditionally male career fields, along with bullying and sexual harassment, either in schools or the workplace.
    According to the AAUW, the organization now has over 170,000 members, with over 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university partners.
    The Lombard-area branch is one of those, and each year it holds a used book sale to raise funds for the national AAUW and also to fund three local scholarships — one each for a young woman from Glenbard East and Willowbrook high schools who are pursuing a college degree in a STEM-related field; and a third called Returning to Learning, for a woman returning to college after a significant time away from academia.
    Applications for the 2018-19 school year will be available in January 2018.
    This year's used book sale will be held Wednesday, Aug. 2, through Saturday, Aug. 5, in Hatfield Hall at First Church of Lombard, United Church of Christ.
    Book donations are being collected now through July 29, in the church's commuter lot (between the Lombard Historical Society and Calvary Episcopal Church) from 5:30-8 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
    Other drop-off locations include Marberry-Illinois Cleaners, 200 S. Westmore-Meyers Road, Lombard; and Cornerstone Used Books, 22 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park.
    The AAUW cannot accept encyclopedias, dictionaries, periodicals, magazines or textbooks. However, DVDs and books on tape are acceptable, and donations are tax-deductible.
    The sale is being held Aug. 2 from 5-9 p.m. ($5 entrance fee), Aug. 3-4, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, when there will be a bag of books for $10 (bags will be provided).
    According to Karen Richardson, membership co-chair, there are currently about 65 members of the local AAUW branch, which usually meets in the evening on the second Wednesday of the month, or sometimes Saturdays in the morning. Meetings will resume in September.
    "We're always looking for new members," she said, pointing out that there are student memberships available for individuals who are still in college.
    For more information on membership, contact Richardson at 630-337-2245 or email kleegogirl@yahoo.com; or visit the website at https://lombard-il.aauw.net/.

                 *** September 11, 2011 ***