The First Women’s Game

The episode examines the first documented game of soccer or Association football played by women in the United States. The match took place at Central Park in San Francsico California on December 3, 1893 between the Collen Brawns and the Bonnie Lassies. I discuss how and why women’s participation in athletics increased in the late nineteenth century and describe the sporting culture of San Francisco. Written and audio sources available at: Originally published August 2014.

Author: Brian

Brian D. Bunk is the creator and host of the Soccer History USA podcast. He is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His early research focused on Modern Spanish history and his book Ghosts of Passion: Martyrdom, Gender, and the Origins of the Spanish Civil War appeared in 2007. His recent work examines the history of sport in the United States with an emphasis on boxing and soccer. Articles on these topics have been published in the Journal of Sport History, Sport in History and Sport in Society.

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