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As World Cup finalists and Euro 22 Champions, England’s Lionesses are now on the front and back pages, on prime-time TV, and in the national honours lists for their contribution to their sport and to society. Today they are top athletes – and top celebrities – but in 1921 the Football Association banned women’s football, pronouncing it ‘quite unsuitable for females’. That ban lasted fifty years.

Now, sports writer Carrie Dunn talks about the long history of women’s football and the subversive women who blazed a trail, right through to its glorious present, looking to its exciting future and exploring the challenges its players still face, whether that’s pitches, pay or periods.

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