“I founded the association late last year, with the fixed resolve of proving to the world that women are not the ‘ornamental’ and ‘useless’ creatures men have pictured. I must confess, my convictions on all matters, where the sexes are so wildly divided, are all on the side of emancipation”.June 11, 2019
On 7 May 1881 the first ever women’s international took place in Edinburgh’s Easter Road stadium.
Organised by suffragette Helen Matthews, two teams representing Scotland and England played out a 3-0 win for the home side in front of a crowd of just over 1,000.
This was long before women’s football clubs, and was the first organised fixture of its kind for any of these players.