Last week, author, academic, and journalist Carrie Dunn visited the National Football Museum in Manchester to talk all things women in football. She was joined by Jen Offord, author of The Year of the Robin, and they had a lively discussion about what it is like to be female sports writers in a typically male-dominated field. Carrie’s book, Unsuitable for Females: The Rise of the Lionesses and Women’s Football in England, tells the story of the game from its 19th-century inception through pen portraits of its pioneers. She highlights the main figures who made the game thrive in the early 20th century, sustaining it after the FA’s de facto ban in 1921, and those who paved the way for the champions of today. Here’s what Carrie had to say about her experience at the museum:
‘The National Football Museum is marking the Women’s Euros in a big way, so it was great to be there just before the tournament started to talk all things women’s football, women in football, and being a woman writing about football.
My new book ‘Unsuitable for Females’ tells the stories of some of the trailblazers who kept the game alive so that today’s Lionesses could become the superstars they are – it’s been an honour to talk to some of these groundbreaking women, and to uncover some of the fascinating stories about some of the first female footballers.
In a venue that has some fantastic women’s football memorabilia from the last century and a bit, the discussion ranged from the factory teams of World War One, to the first Women’s Euro final in 1984 (featuring England!), to the celebration of the women’s game we’re enjoying across the country right now. And it was wonderful to welcome such a knowledgeable audience with such interesting questions – and sign some books as well.’
To learn more about the Lionesses and the history of women’s football in England, check out ‘Unsuitable for Females.’ And don’t forget to tune in to the Women’s Euros this week!