Before the war, many people considered a woman’s role to be in the home. The conflict gave young women the freedom to move away from their families, choose how they spent their free time and what they wore in public. However when soldiers returned from the war, women were pressured to revert to their traditional roles. In this climate, the Football Association declared that ‘the game of football is quite unsuitable for females’.
Thirteen young people from Eyeful Media CiC collected photographs, memorabilia and family stories from the local area and interviewed heritage experts about wartime football. They shared their discoveries through an exhibition, booklet and film alongside seminars, school presentations and museum drop-in days. Finally, they recreated a 1917 Coventry ladies football match wearing First World War era kit and adopting the names of the original players.
Fran Porter, Eyefull Media CIC, said: “The fact of the FA ban in 1921 has really engaged people with the ‘what if’ question – where would women’s football be had that ban not been imposed?”