Dates1883 - 2016
Person NameCo-operative Women's Guild; 1883 - 2016
ActivityThe Co-operative Women's Guild, an auxiliary organisation of the Co-operative Movement, was established by Alice Acland in 1883. The organisation, originally known as The Women's League for the Spread of Co-operation, changed its name to the Women’s Co-operative Guild in 1885. Its aim was to spread the knowledge of the benefits of co-operation and improve the conditions of women in the United Kingdom.

The Guild was run at a national level but was organised into regions, districts and local branches. Annually, district and branch representatives from different parts of the country met at the Guild’s Congress. The organisation expanded rapidly from 51 branches and a membership of 1,700 in 1889 to a peak of 1,500 branches and a membership of 72,000 in 1933. By this time, the name of the organisation had changed again to the Co-operative Women's Guild. The website of the Co-operative Women’s Guild stated that the Guild as a national organisation had closed as of 2016.
Corporate NameCo-operative Women's Guild

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