About us

Inspiring women - then and now

The WI is a unique organisation shaped by its members. In 1915, we set out to give women a voice and to be a force for good in the community.  Since then, our members and our ambitions alike have grown tremendously.  Today, we are the largest women’s organisation in the UK and we pride ourselves on being a trusted place for all women of all generations, to share experiences and learn from each other. A WI membership offers the opportunity to meet women in your local area in-person and virtually, to make friends and make a difference in your community. We campaign nationally on a wide range of issues and provide life-long learning and self-development opportunities for women in England and Wales.

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    Our mission

    Let us tell you what we stand for and what is at the heart of everything we do.

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    To ensure the smooth running of the WI as an organisation, we have structured the organisation on a local, regional and national level.

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    The WI has been inspiring women for over 100 years. Discover more about our history, from our origins through to the present day.

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    Who we are

    Our Board of Trustees and staff are committed to maintaining the WI’s core values and shaping the organisation for generations of women to come.

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WI Community Champions

From sewing items for the NHS to arranging book deliveries, creating craft kits for families home-schooling their children and supporting foodbanks, we are very proud to share with you how our members stepped forward to support one another and keep their communities connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meet our WI Community Champions

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