But when it comes to shattering the charity’s twin set and pearls visage, few groups can compare to Iron Maidens WI in Merseyside.
On their Facebook page, the group appeals to ‘anyone with an interest in Burlesque, Vintage Lifestyle, Steampunk, Tattoos, Roller Derby’ and other offbeat tendencies to get involved.
Amidst talks from a professional dominatrix and workshops on Vikings, the group has been fundraising for local homeless shelters and attending stand up nights since 2012, not to mention that one of their committee flies the body confidence flag as a finalist in Miss Plus Size International.
But beneath their vintage polka dots and elaborate body art, the stout heart of the WI doctrine beats strongly in this edgy group.
As president, Jeannie Irving shares, ‘As a modern WI, we are embracing the values and ethos of the traditional WI in inspiring and educating women, but in our own way.’
These values of equality, education and community are summed up by the charity’s national motto, ‘Inspiring Women’.
Unlikely as it sounds, the WI has been at the forefront of social change since its inception in 1915.
Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/04/its-not-all-jam-making-and-knitting-how-the-womens-institute-is-breaking-the-jelly-mould-6825959/#ixzz4ombecO3i