A place to learn something new every day.

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A Houston Community of Learners.

Founded in 1951 by Rebecca and Dean Richardson and chartered as a nonprofit, 501(c)3 in 1956, the Women's Institute of Houston (WIH) has served thousands of men and women searching for a community of learners in Houston. We proudly offer a variety of programs, including weekly classes, Sunday lectures, lecture luncheons and online learning experiences. Everyone who joins our program has the opportunity to learn something new every day. Become involved at WIH and be enriched.



WIH provides a community for women and men to explore diverse academic subjects by offering classes and lectures taught by recognized leaders in their fields.



WIH strives to cultivate informed, critical, and engaged citizens by connecting people who love to learn with the highest quality opportunities for continuing education and enrichment.

Board of Directors

Marilyn Lummis

Chair Emerita

Cynthia J. Brown


Mary Lee Wallace

Vice President

Dede Wadler


Sylva Bedikian

Cindy Westheimer

Melissa Standish

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