A study carried out by Women in Football shows that two out of every three women soccer players have suffered discrimination at some point in their career.
Two-thirds of players had experienced a case of gender inequality firsthand with verbal abuse the most common form of discrimination.
In 1894, Nettie Honeyball, a women’s rights activist, founded the first sports club called the British Ladies Football Club. Honeyball, convinced of her cause, declared that she wanted to show that women could achieve emancipation and have an important place in society.
The First World War was key in the massification of women’s football in England. Because so many men went out onto the battlefield, women were introduced en masse into the workforce. Many factories had their own soccer teams that until then were the privilege of men. The most successful of these teams was the Dick Kerr’s Ladies from Preston, England. This team achieved results such as a match against a Scottish team, which they won 22-0.
However, at the end of the war, the FA did not recognize women’s football despite their popularity. This led to the formation of the English Ladies Football Association whose beginnings were difficult due to the boycott of the FA, which led them to play on Rugby courts occasionally.