Spotlight: The Women's Institute, Then & Now
You've been inspired and uplifted by the women of Home Fires, now meet the real-life institution that inspired the series, the UK's National Federation of Women's Institutes (WI), which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Founded in 1915, the WI is a social and community organization started to encourage women to take a lead in food production during WWII. Today, the WI remains as a resource for women to gain educational opportunities, learn new skills, develop new friendships, and campaign on social justice issues. To learn more about the WI, visit their website.
Use this collection of photos to both travel back to the WI's past, and discover the women of today's institute. Then be sure to tune into the final episodes of Home Fires, Sundays at 8/7c on MASTERPIECE on PBS.