History of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada

crestIn 1912, the idea to form a national organization of the Provincial Women’s Institutes first came to light. However, with the onset of the First World War in 1914 the idea to create such an organization was temporarily abandoned. At war’s end in 1918, Miss Mary MacIsaac, the Superintendent of the Alberta Women’s Institute, revived the idea. She recognized the importance of organizing rural Canadian women so they might speak as one voice on important issues, as well as the power in uniting the provincial WIs into a national unified organization. In February of 1919, representatives of the provincial WI groups met in Winnipeg, Manitoba to form the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada.

Jo BealeToday, the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada continues its long tradition of giving voice to rural women, and speaking out nationally on behalf of women and families.

We are proud of our long history as an organization, as we continue to evolve and adapt for today’s issues. We remain united in preparing for our future, to ensure that the FWIC and the WI movement stays strong for another 100 years to come.

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