MK Lit Fest Autumn Festival: Carrie Dunn – The Rise of the Lionesses
Start Date: 14/10/2023
End Date: 14/10/2023
Start Time: 12:30 pm
End Time: 1:30 pm
Cost of Entry: £8
Milton Keynes Central Library 555 Silbury Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3HL, GB
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, leading sports writer Carrie Dunn shines a light on the evolution of women’s football and its extraordinary rise. Carrie discusses the subversive women who defied the restrictions and laid the foundations for today’s Lionesses – and the obstacles that today’s players and the next generation of girls still need to overcome. Her special access to key players, on and off the pitch, gives her a unique insight into the massively popular sport at this crucial moment in its history.