Woman Up: Pitches, Pay and Periods - the progress and potential of women's football by Carrie Dunn
With the triumph of England’s Lionesses at Euro 2022, the women’s game has been in the spotlight like never before, enjoying unprecedented media attention. But this is the result of decades of struggle to get women’s football – banned by the English FA for fifty years – on a more equal footing to its male counterpart. And while the current professional players are starting to reap the rewards of their success on the pitch, their personal journeys have often involved fighting against the odds, and they are still at a disadvantage in many areas, including access to medical treatment, playing facilities and salaries.
So that a new generation of girls getting involved in football all over the world don't face the same obstacles as their predecessors, football journalist Carrie Dunn shines a light on the evolution of women’s football and the gender gaps that still persist – on issues such as injuries, sportswear, period taboos and diversity. Packed with practical advice and first-hand accounts from leading female players, Woman Up is an inspirational, informative and entertaining account of women’s football’s painful past and its exciting future.
'Written with energy, passion and unrivaled insight, Woman Up addresses the phenomenon that is women’s football, past and present, shedding light not only on generations of struggle and often unheard of victories and success, but on the issues that women still face today. I could not put this down, so rich it is and so fascinating, meticulously researched and bubbling with real life. Carrie Dunn’s Woman Up is essential reading of our times!' Christy Lefteri
Paperback / 288 pages