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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
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“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 …