En gymnastförening för facklig kamp. Föreningen GCI 1902–1950
Nyckelord:physical education, gymnastics, physiotherapy, women’s history, work history
This article deals with the activities within the Association GCI during the first half of the 20th century. The association was formed in 1902 by female graduates of the Royal Central Institute of Gymnastics (GCI) to promote their interests. The study is primarily based on the association’s yearbooks and daily newspapers. The study’s three main research questions are: Why was the Association GCI formed? Who was behind the formation? What results did the association achieve or not? The association’s most important contribution during the period was its courses for gymnastics directors, which were characterized by both curiosity and boldness. The conservatism regarding physical culture that is otherwise often associated with GCI was not present here. Nevertheless, in the long run, the association did not succeed in strengthening the members’ professional positions. In conflicts with the medical profession and the Gymnastics Teachers Association, the Association GCI drew the shortest straw.