EnglishSue Lopez talks about Theresa Bennett, who was banned from playing football by the Football Association (FA) in 1978, when she was 12 years old. Although the FA won the case, the media supported Theresa and other girls who wanted to play football. Sue Lopez comments on the positive impact that this public reaction had for girls who wanted to play football. In 1991 the ban was rescinded and from 1993 the FA has developed small-sided leagues for girls, allowing them the same access to football from a young age as boys. This demonstrates the significance of legislation to the lives of girls as well as adult women.
Do you think that all sports should be open to both sexes? Is further legislation required to ensure that this happens?
London 2012 was the first Olympic Games during which every participating country had at least one woman athlete on their team. What do you think about this? What structures can be put in place (whether through legislation or more broadly in society) to encourage more girls and women to take part in sport?
- Sue Lopez discusses girls in sport - the Theresa Bennett case
- 17 May 2012
- Sound recording
- Sisterhood and After: The Women's Liberation Oral History Project
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- Politics and legislation
The Women’s Liberation Movement were successful in getting a number of laws passed that provide concrete services required by women. Learn about the women who became active in the formal institutions that make and enforce laws and govern the country.