Intro to FilmArt
2 November 2013
Women’s Health magazine targets female athletes who desire to be leaders and competitors in
women’s fitness and athletic training.
There’s No Crying in Baseball: Female Empowerment in A League of Their Own
From 1943 to 1954, females fled the comfort of their own kitchen to dominate the professional
baseball league while their husbands were fighting World War II. Historically, this era in our country’s
past designates the beginning of female empowerment in athletics. In its one hundred and twenty-
eight minute span, A League of Their Own—directed by Penny Marshall, starring Tom Hanks—
illustrates this development of powerful female figures in sports. This dramatic comedy captures the
humble, talented beaut, Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis), and her stubborn kid sister, Kit Keller (Lori
Petty), as they struggle both on and off the baseball field. Dottie was recruited to play in theAll-
American Girls Professional Baseball League, but refused to try out. Reluctantly, she accepts the
invitation only so Kit—who wasn’t invited—could have an opportunity as well. This initial exchange
between the sisters highlights their tense relationship that frames the rest of the movie: Kit constantly
struggles to live up to Dottie’s talent.
While in the league, Dottie, Kit, and many other Rockford Peaches such as Doris Murphy
(Rosie O’Donnell), “All-the-Way Mae” (Madonna), “Betty Spaghetti” (Tracy Reiner), and Evelyn
Gardner (Bitty Schram) struggle to attract support for theAAGPBL due to their tom-boyish
personalities and rough-and-tough attitudes.As Marshall correctly depicted in the film, the 1940s
American society refused to acknowledge women on the field, and rather idolized them for their
appearance. She establishes this opinion with the use of many noir blurbs and commercials throughout
1 Lesko, Jeneane. "League History." Official Website of the AAGPBL.All American Girls Professional Baseball
League Players Association, 24 May 2013. Web. 5 Nov 2013.
2 "ALeague of Their Own." (1992): International Movie Database (IMDb). Web. 5 Nov 2013.
3 Canby, Vincent. "ALeague of Their Own." New York Times 1 July 1992, Weekend Ed. Web. 5 Nov. 2013. the story, which play into the historical aspect of the plot as well. Marla Hooch (Megan Cavanagh) is
the film’s largest example. Despite having unbelievable batting skills, Marla was initially rejected by
baseball recruiters due to her ugly appearance. Managers in theAAGPBL also feared that women
playing baseball would masculinize them, so every player in the league was forced to attend charm
school, where they would learn proper p