August 12, 2021 will be remembered as a defining day in the Dons' proud history, with the club granted a licence to compete in the AFLW competition from the 2022/23 season onwards.

With bespoke AFLW facilities completed at the NEC Hangar and the club's long-term vision to host AFLW games at Windy Hill, Essendon's impact in the national women's competition promises to be strong.

It's time for our girls who play this grand old game to strive for glory and fame.

“Finally, every young Bomber – boy or girl – can dream of one day representing the mighty red and black, and for us this is exactly why our football club is now truly whole.”

- President Paul Brasher