"Girls of Summer" was born out of my own daughter's journey through Little League, which prompted me to ask, “Why are there no girls on the baseball diamond?” I discovered that there have been decades of concerted efforts to keep girls off the big diamond, yet girls keep pushing for the right to play. In my own experience as a parent, I’ve seen that girls and women in baseball face implicit bias, gender stereotyping, and identity limitations that we still assign to women. I've seen firsthand, and heard from countless others, how these cultural biases can clip the wings of our girls’ dreams.
Despite over 100,000 girls playing baseball in youth leagues all across America, the number dwindles to only 1,200 girls playing in high school; at every age, girls who play baseball are still an anomaly. Girls and women who pursue this sport often feel alone in their endeavor, forced to fight a cultural norm when all they really want is to play a game they love. They almost always play on all-boys teams, and frequently have to explain, “I know what sport I play, and it’s not softball. I play baseball.” Every one of the players we've interviewed dreamed of playing professional baseball, but each one had to face reality; currently, there is little room for women in US baseball. Through our film, we hope to make that room bigger.
With your contribution, we'll do that.
We've filmed over 30 days and shot hundreds of hours of footage and followed stories of female players from all across the United States and the world. It's time for us to finish - to weave the stories together in the editing room and deliver this movie to audiences. With your contribution, we'll get there. We're on the home stretch and your contribution will get us there.
"Girls of Summer: Big Diamond Dreams" follows members of the US Women’s National Team on their journey from National Team tryouts to the Women’s Baseball World Cup in South Korea in September, 2016. On this backbone hang the stories of girls who had extraordinary support from their communities, as well as the stories of girls who were told they were unwelcome, no matter how impressive their stats. We explore the stories of women who played decades ago, and those of girls played today who are working to build a future for themselves in this sport. And we witnessed a major breakthrough - MLB hosted their first ever tournament for girls, the Trailblazer Series, which ended with these young athletes being honored on the field at Dodger Stadium on Jackie Robinson day.
As a family-friendly film, this underdog story will spark important conversations in homes and schools that can be transformed into direct actions – actions that promote equality in athletics, empower girls to follow their dreams, and inspire boys and men to be allies for the girls and women around them.
Let's show America, and the world, what girls can do on the big diamond when they have our full support.
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Risks and challenges
While every project has its hidden land mines, "Girls of Summer" is now in its home stretch. After filming for over 30 days, we have a beautiful and powerful story unfolding. Our biggest challenge at this point is to run a successful Kickstarter campaign focused on funding post-production. Once we can hire our editor on full-time, we can quickly bring in the other finishing elements of the film and make our successful run to home plate.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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