Women Were Playing Football in the 1930s — Then Came the Backlash

How the growing popularity of women’s football in the 1930s was met with widespread efforts to keep girls off the gridiron

“A fortnight ago in Los Angeles, those romantics who still believe in nursery rhymes and the dignity of womanhood got a rude shock,” LIFE Magazine brayed in a November 1939 issue. The shock in question came from a new Southern Californian league of what papers around the country had taken …