BADASS FEMALE ATHLETES IN FILMS | fivethreeninety

2016 Rio Olympics are in full swing, & it’s full of amazing athletes from all over the world.
But the media hasn’t been all great to the female athletes. When Corey Cogdell won a bronze medal in the women’s trap shooting event, the news outlet Chicago Tribune decided to run the story with this headline:


They didn’t even use her name, instead referring to her solely as the wife of another successful, male athlete.

So many female athelete’s successes are being credited to their male partners or coaches, which is just stupid. Even presenters are getting trashed during the event; Helen Skelton recieved multiple complaints for wearing a short dress which ‘showed too much skin’ in a swimming event. If seeing someone’s skin offends you then maybe an event full of men in speedos isn’t the one for you.

So today, to prevent you you ladies from feeling like you can’t do it, & to prove those who doubt us we can, here’s a few sporty films about some badass athletic women.


Bend it like Beckham

This is one of the most iconic British film of the 00s for sure. Jess is from a Sikh family who want her to follow tradition – but she just wants to play football. She secretly joins a local women’s team where she meets Jules & together they become friends & help each other through their seperate family dramas as well as becoming football champions. Even if you have no interest in football at all you will love this film.


Ice Princess

Have you ever wanted to see Kim Cattrall be a massive bitch to Michelle Tractenberg? While Joan Cusack is pressuring her to get into Harvard? In a film that also features a character called the Jumping Shrimp? Well this is the film for you! It’s the classic story of following your own dream instead of your parent’s & it’s amazing. And Hayden Pannettiere’s in it too! I’ve watched this so many times & it never gets old.


A League of their Own

During World War Two all the men were away fighting, leaving their roles open to women in their absence. This film is about two sisters who join the first female professional baseball league & how they try to make it successful despite facing their own struggles. It stars Lori Petty, Tom Hanks & Madonna & is an amazing homage to the true story.


Bring it On

Some don’t consider cheerleading a sport but watch this & be forever changed. It’s one of the most iconic teen films from very start of the 00s & is more than worthy of your time – it’s not just a cheesy cheerleading rom com. It’s a cheesy cheerleading rom com with a clever script & a guy named Sparky Polastri.

Million Dollar Baby

This film is what won Hillary Swank her second Oscar. She stars as Maggie, an aspiring boxer who won’t let anyone tell what she can’t do, & proves herself to be one of the best boxers the world has ever seen. She’s so badass & absolutely refuses to back down until she gets what she wants & she is inspirational as hell.


Wild Child

This isn’t really a sports film but lacrosse is a big thing at the fictional Abby Mount School for Girls so I’m including it. Lacrosse is one of the things that focuses American student Poppy when she’s forced to adapt to her new British boarding school & it really helps to bring out the best of her talents. Plus they do a cool war dance thing before playing so if that doesn’t inspire you I don’t know what will.


Whip It

I’m kind of sure that I wasn’t the only one who didn’t really know, or was really bothered by what roller derby was before I saw this film. Ellen Page stars as a teenager who grows an interest in the sport & then begins to compete herself in a team called The Hurl Scouts – a team made up of Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore & Eve. Drew Barrymore also directed it, which just makes it that little bit more perfect – & then there’s Jimmy Fallon’s, who plays a guy called Hot Tub Johnny. Brilliant.



Stick It

Missy Peregrym stars as Hayley, a former gymnast who’s now a typical angsty & rebellious teen. After a run in with the law she’s forced to return to gymnastics & it’s as good as you think it would be – she hates being there, they all hate her for leaving them in the first place, & Jeff Bridges is coaching them all. But they all learn to love each other in the end & become the best damn gymnastics team there ever was.

I’d definitely watch some of the olympics this year if you can, because the strength these women have both mentally & physically is really inspiring. There are some of the best role models out there.

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