Newspapers remarked with wonder that Salter seemed perfectly capable of presiding over city council meetings, and made sure to tell readers about her looks and even her weight. In turn, Salter made sure her femininity was on full display for reporters. It was widely reported that she made her own clothes and had been informed of her candidacy while bending over her washtub.
Women’s soccer upset the old order — those who wanted to see women return to the servitude of their pre-war roles. England’s Football Association, the sport’s governing body, did its part to aid that regressive endeavor. The group banned women’s soccer from being played in stadiums owned by its clubs, declaring, “Complaints having been made as to football being played by women, the Council feel impelled to express their strong opinion that the game of football is quite unsuitable for females and ought not to be encouraged. Complaints have been made as to the conditions under which some of these matches have been arranged and played, and the appropriation of the receipts to other than Charitable objects.”