January 16, 2015
Mo’ne Davis, a 13 year-old eighth grade honor student, has become the youngest person ever to be named Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press. In addition, Sports Illustrated has named her 2014 Sports Kid of the Year.
Feminist Newswire reports that “Davis, a pitcher, was the breakout star of the 2014 Little League World Series, where she threw a two-hitter to help Philadelphia beat Nashville 4-0 in the opener and had eight strikeouts without walking a single batter. . . . Davis’ message to those who look up to her is: “Always follow your dreams. If there’s something people tell you that you can’t do it, go for it.”
It’s a good motto for feminists.
Ellie Smeal, Feminist Majority Foundation president and former president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), reminds us of the years when NOW picketed the Little League World Series until finally, in 1974, girls were permitted to be part of the Little League baseball program.