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The Founders (2016)

They were not supposed to be athletes. They were not supposed to get paid to play. They were not supposed call the shots. But, they did.

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Credited cast:
Christian E. Mims ...
Adult Louise Suggs
Young Shirley Spork (as Ella Cyr)
Young Marlene
Caleb Messer ...
Boy #2
Boy #1
Marilynn Smith ...
Shirley Spork ...
Louise Suggs ...
Young Louise
Marlene Bauer Vossler ...


The Founders chronicles stories of the founding 13 members of the Ladies Professional Golf Association as they fought overcome incredible odds in order to form the longest running women's sports organization in the world in the late 1940's. Although fierce competitors in an intensely individual sport, The Founders worked as a team to shift the public's perception of what it meant to be a lady on the links. While their male counterparts drew adoring crowds and handsome purses for their athletic achievements, The Founders used money from their own pockets to stage tournaments in small, far-flung towns that questioned whether female golfers were even worth watching. Together, they logged thousands of miles a week-marketing equipment and themselves with hit parades, clown cars and boxing rings-just for the opportunity to tee off from courses that they also had to groom. Love of the game and the ardent belief that, as much as the men, they deserved to be paid for playing fueled the ...

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They were not supposed to be athletes. They were not supposed to get paid to play. They were not supposed call the shots. But they did.





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Encouraging and Interesting Doc
5 July 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Founders is an empowering story of female liberation. In 1950s America, female athletes faced many obstacles and they were seen as less legitimate than male athletes. Specifically, in golf, women didn't have any sanctioned tournaments and no way to compete and make a living professionally. The 13 founders of the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) worked to change that. This documentary recounts the organization of the LPGA as told by several of the founders themselves. This film is an honest and narrative account of the stereotypes they faced and how they were able to overcome them and lay the groundwork for the future of women athletes. Its combination of modern-day interview footage and old videos and photographs makes you feel like you are right there with them. You travel with them from their humble beginnings to their legendary successes and truly get to understand these women. This film is inspiring and empowering. They changed the future of sports for all women! Lovers of golf, history and feminist film will love this movie.

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