"This Will Change Everything": Geena Davis Reflects On Media Representation and Success of "A League Of Their Own" 25 Years Later
According to Davis in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in honor of the film's 25th anniversary, press thought the movie would "change everything" for the depiction of women in sports films.
Having earned an "84 percent audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes and made more than $132 million worldwide," this prediction was not an unlikely one, paving the way for films like "Bend It Like Beckham" (2002) and "She's the Man" (2006).
Sadly, despite several other movies focusing on women in sports, Davis believes "Hollywood needs to [quite literally] get more women up to the plate" and she is not stopping short of making sure it happens.
In addition to her talk at The 2014 MAKERS Conference in which she discussed the portrayal of women in the media, joking that "we haven't had a female president yet, but we have on TV — and it was me," she also founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to "engage, educate, and influence content creators and audiences about the importance of eliminating unconditional bias, highlighting gender balance, challenging stereotypes, creating role models, and scripting a wide variety of strong female characters in entertainment and media."
Since this movie has had such a profound influence on sports films, a special Blu-ray anniversary edition of "A League of Their Own" will be available April 18 to celebrate the anniversary.
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