Women's Institute

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A new start after 60: ‘I decided to transition at 68’
Petra Wenham re-evaluated her life in hospital, confronting an unease she had always felt, before coming out as transgender

Paula Cocozza

01, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Fit washing machines with filters to reduce microplastic pollution, MPs say
Women’s Institute supports initiative, urging manufacturers to take action on plastic microfibres

Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent

21, Sep, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Building a better world through mutual aid | Letters
Letters: Readers respond to Rebecca Solnit’s long read on the spirit of solidarity and cooperation that has arisen from the coronavirus crisis


17, May, 2020 @5:04 PM

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Fuddy-duddy WI typecasting is unfair | Letter
Letter: Jean Emes applauds Manchester Women’s Institute for attracting younger women, but objects to a rather dismissive attitude towards older members


06, Jan, 2020 @5:49 PM

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Women’s Institute revival brings to mind its radical roots | Letters
Letters: Dr Caitríona Beaumont on the WI’s history of activism, Wilma Rush on its local impact, Sarah Akhtar on the National Women’s Register and Jill Wallis on paying a visit to a WI meeting


01, Jan, 2020 @6:11 PM

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Down with the kids in Tunbridge Wells | Brief letters
Brief letters: Music in Tunbridge Wells | Film review | The Boulevardier | WI cliches | King William’s College quiz


30, Dec, 2019 @5:17 PM

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Manchester gives Women's Institute revival a modern twist
After years of waning popularity organisation regains its appeal by blending traditional pastimes with progressive events

Nazia Parveen North of England correspondent

30, Dec, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Queen's speech calling for 'common ground' seen as Brexit allusion
Monarch also calls on subjects not to lose sight of bigger picture in speech marking centenary of Women’s Institute

Caroline Davies

24, Jan, 2019 @11:50 PM

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Overexposed – is it time to end the saucy naked calendar?
Popularised by the WI 20 years ago, such calendars subverted the notions of nudity and the perfect body, but has the idea become lazy, ubiquitous and dated?

Emine Saner

20, Jun, 2018 @2:31 PM

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Keep calm, there’s no generational war at the Women’s Institute | Caroline Brooks
Whether stitching vulva quilts in Shoreditch or putting on village bake sales, our goal is united – helping women of all ages, writes WI member Caroline Brooks

Caroline Brooks

05, Apr, 2018 @2:24 PM

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Beryl Allan obituary
Other lives: Scientist who played an active role in the Women’s Institute

Sue King

06, Jun, 2017 @3:08 PM

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Women's Institute urges supermarkets to do more to cut food waste
First WI report on food waste finds confusion persists over ‘best before’ and ‘sell by’ dates, with supermarkets potentially contributing to the problem

Rebecca Smithers, consumer affairs correspondent

13, Apr, 2017 @5:30 AM

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