The Voice of Midlife and 
Older Women in Illinois

OWL (the Older Women's League) is the only national grassroots membership organization to focus solely on issues related to older women.

Most OWL members are women 50+; many are senior citizens. But OWL is open to both women and men of any age.

OWL is especially concerned about:

  • Financial Security (preserving Social Security)

  • Health (including health policy, Medicare, and long-term care)

  • Access to Housing and Housing Alternatives (affordable senior housing, etc.)

  • Employment and Unemployment among Older Women

  • Personal Growth, Managing Personal Change

  • End-of-Life Decisions (advance directives for health care, etc.)

  • The Image of Midlife and Older Women

  • Ending Violence against Women and the Elderly

Our national office is involved in political advocacy for older women on the national level.

OWL-Illinois provides support to OWL chapters in Illinois (in Chicago and DuPage County). Nonmembers are welcome to attend chapter meetings, which involve both formal programs and social activities. OWL is a good place to meet new friends.

Our chapters provide programs on issues of concern to older women.

OWL-Illinois also has a listserve (an e-mail list) that all Illinois OWLs are welcome to join. The listserve is a discussion forum for Illinois OWLs and provides information on events of interest, OWL-National activities, etc.

OWL-Illinois does not collect dues; its activities are supported by the generosity of contributors and volunteers. All members of OWL-National or of an Illinois OWL chapter are considered members of OWL-Illinois.

If OWL is an organization you would like to be involved with, find a chapter in Illinois and come to a meeting, or e-mail us through the Contact Us link. If you do not live in Illinois, search for a chapter near you with Google.

National OWL Fall Meeting
In Chicago!


A Special Event for OWL Members and Friends

When: Saturday, October 11, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

What: PROGRAM: At Hyde Park Hyatt Place Hotel, 5225 S. Harper Ave., Chicago, IL

  • Margaret Hellie Huyck, Ph.D. Welcome!

  • Lida Rodriques-Taseff, J.D. Moderator

  • Carol Gardner on Encore Entrepreneurship. Founder of Zelda Wisdom, Inc., guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning America, entrepreneurship educator

  • Nora Super on Issues for the Next White House Conference on Aging. Executive Director of the White House 2015 Conference on Aging

  • Christina Swoope on Medicare Policies for the Emerging Society. Policy Analyst for the Program on Medicare Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation

  • The First Annual Our Women Mean Business Award! Rep. Jan Schakowsky has been invited to present this new award to a distinguished woman who means business.

    LUNCHEON: At A10 restaurant, 1462 E. 53rd Street -- $35.00

    Your opportunity to follow up on the program. Select your table to discuss your special interest with an OWL expert! Space is limited -- Reserve your space now! Sponsor a friend!

    Contact Margaret Huyck at or call 312-833-0415. Send check for number of reservations made out to OWL National to Margaret Huyck, 1718 E. 55th Street, Chicago 60615.

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    OWL-Illinois Chapters
    Chicago  Chicago Suburbs
    Hyde Park
    DuPage Area

    OWL (Illinois)
    401 S. LaSalle St. (The Atrium Building)
    #801 U
    Chicago, IL 60605
    (773) 324-5539

     OWL (National)
    1625 K St., NW, Suite 1275
    Washington, DC 20006
    Phone toll-free: 1-877-OLDRWMN or 1-877-653-7966
    FAX: 202-833-3472

    Last updated September 9, 2012