Two and a half decades after she knocked it out of the park with A League of Their Own, Geena Davis says Hollywood needs to get more women up to the plate.
The actress and activist recalls in a new interview — filmed for League‘s 25th-anniversary Blu-ray release — that the hit baseball comedy was supposed to be a game-changer for female-driven films.
“Grown men all the time tell me that it’s their favorite movie, their favorite sports movie,” Davis says. “In the press, they were saying, ‘This changes everything. Now there’s going to be so many female sports movies. This proves once and for all that women’s sports movies can be huge successes.’ And there were none! The ratio of male to female characters has been exactly the same since 1946.”
Davis would know. A longtime advocate for equality on film, she founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in 2004.
In the interview, she adds, “The more awareness we bring, that’s great. But we have to move the needle. We have to make a very, very conscious effort to move the needle.”
The 25th-anniversary release of A League of Their Own will be available on Blu-ray on April 18. Watch Davis and costar Anne Ramsay in the video above.