Women’s Football in Scotland, 1914-1939

Date / time: 4 May, 6:30 pm

Women's Football in Scotland, 1914-1939


An Online Talk by History Scotland:

  • Discover the pioneering women who helped develop the game in the inter-war years
  • Join Dr Fiona Skillen as she shares her research on a previously forgotten period
  • The 45-minute online talk and Q&A session will be broadcast via Zoom.
  • Book directly via Zoom

Who was responsible for the growth in women’s football in the inter-war years? What obstacles did these pioneers of the game overcome? What was the reaction to the women’s game as gender roles evolved after the Great War? Who were the players that spearheaded this revolution?

Discover the answers to these questions and more in this special online talk by Dr Fiona Skillen.

Football for women has a long history in Scotland; the earliest records of women playing football can be traced back to 1628, and the roots of the modern women’s game can be traced back to the 1880s and 1890s, when early matches were played in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

By the outbreak of the First World War the women’s game had become established in England, particularly in the north. Much has been written about these developments, but little has been written about these pioneering women.

This History Scotland talk will be drawing on reports and photographs from local newspapers to trace the developments from the outbreak of World War One in 1914 to the outbreak of World War Two in 1939.

Places at the online talk, powered by Zoom, cost £10 each. The live event will be made available to attendees as a recording and attendee places are limited. More information and booking details can be found at: www.historyscotland.com/virtual-events/online-lectures