This week I attended my first WI meeting, yes the Women’s Institute and it was a far cry from what I thought it would be. There was a wide age range of women, it was welcoming, friendly and very chatty, and honestly there was a table of CAKE.
The Women’s Institute was formed in 1915 during the first world war and is the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK with approx 220,000 members.
Each month’s meeting has a theme, this months meeting had an American theme. There was a USA quiz, line dancing and hot dogs, and someone had made mini ‘stetsons’ which were a feast of chocolate.
Don’t be misled by all the fun stuff, it’s not just chatting and cake. What really surprised me was the work done to make changes in the world. Every year WI members have the chance to put forward issues as ‘resolutions’ that they want to see the national body campaign on.
“From equal pay to climate change, from gaps in the midwifery workforce to the plight of the honey bee, WI members have embraced a diverse set of challenges and built a reputation for the WI as a practical and ambitious organisation that doesn’t shy away from tricky issues.”
Any member can suggest resolution ideas and I look forward to being part of an inspiring group of women having fun while working towards changing the world for the better.
There are over 6000 WI groups across England and Wales, find your local group here.