Feminism Is: Mo’Ne Davis— Outstanding Female Athlete of 2014

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.

Read the complete article from the Feminist Majority Foundation Blog here.

 

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni is an independent scholar, writer, and editor. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992).

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