Women’s League of Health and Beauty, 1930-present
This lovely gallery was provided to us by FLexercise (fl-exercise.com). FLexercise classes were launched in 1930 under the name 'Women's League of Health & Beauty'. Seven years later, nearly 166,000 women had signed up. By World War Two, there were 50 nationwide centres.
Thinking about this organisation, therefore, provides a space through which we can think about the role of public health in the NHS, health before the NHS, and the relationships between communities, voluntary organisations, and state welfare. Organisations such as this have played a key role in enabling women's fitness in particular, and today relate to ongoing debates about how individuals should manifest 'responsible' health behaviours and lifestyle change.
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