The WI celebrates 100 years this year. Originally established to encourage country women to get involved in growing and preserving food to help increase the supply of food in a war torn nation, it now has many thousands of members who spend over 3.5 million hours each year in voluntary work and has championed causes from sustainable development to organ donation. The movement inspired the first naked calendar and the annual conference famously slow hand clapped prime minister Tony Blair. Our panel asks is the WI has been a force for change for and by women, or is it stuck in a jam-making mentality that will lose support from the next generation?
Paddy Greene plays Jill Archer in the Archers and is a famous member of the WI – though not in real life.
A former nurse and relationship counsellor, Janice Langley is the NFWI Chair.
Jane Robinson is the author of A Force To Be Reckoned With – A History of the Women’s Institute and is an expert on its development.
26 April 2015
5:15pm - 6:15pm
The Bear Pit Theatre, Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6LU
60 mins no interval