There was a great news story this week about a Calgary philanthropist named Joan Snyder who donated $2 million to women's hockey in the Calgary area. It is believed to be the single largest personal donation the sport has ever seen.
Women's hockey sure has come a long ways over the years. Check out this old Spalding ad from 1948:
Spalding highly encouraged women to participate in sports. But they should be restricted to activities such as badminton and tennis, definitely not hockey! I bet that would raise quite the racket nowadays!
Alas, not everyone back then was so chauvinistic. Here's a 1932 Patriotas Campeones Cigarettes ad from France. Clearly the woman on the right enjoys playing hockey: