Even more shockingly, but it was 1938, when Helene Mayer beat the men’s US fencing champion, her title was taken away and men-women competitions were banned – the reason being that she won in an unfair competition because men can’t go “all out” competing against a woman.Are all the excuses just because men are running scared? Is being beaten by women at sport, perhaps considered one of the last bastions of male dominance in modern times, a step too far for some men?
in 1921, the FA banned women from playing on FA-affiliated pitches. The reason? “…the game of football is quite unsuitable for females and ought not to be encouraged”. The ban wasn’t lifted for 50 years.