Feminism Fridays: Who Else Wants to be Best Friends with Mo'ne Davis?
At this point we all know who Mo'ne Davis is, and if you don't . . . well then shame on you. Mo'ne Davis is only the 18th girl to play in the Little League World Series in its 86-year history. She is the first girl to ever throw a shutout in the LLWS. She is also not only the first girl from the LLWS to appear on Sports Illustrated's national cover but the first LLWS player in general to ever grace the cover. Mo'ne Davis, the 13-year-old female pitcher extraordinaire, is a badass chick who inspires people from all walks of life, in the sports world and beyond.
Arguments have been made that Davis is just a kid, and that we should treat her as such and should not project our own hopes for the future of baseball and women's roles in sports onto her. I agree with these statements. Davis is 13 years old, and she deserves to be praised for her actions but also left to figure out what she wants to do with her future without being pressured by the rest of us. That being said, however, I also believe that Davis is an incredible role model for not just girls her own age but for those of us who are already working and existing in the "adult world."
Davis is one of those rare people who is doing what she wants, simply because she wants to. I'm sure there were people who told her along the way that she couldn't throw overhand, couldn't play with the boys, wasn't good enough to stand on the mound. There are always people rooting against us. Davis, though, did all those things anyway. She even played offense during one game. The best part is, she owns it. When describing her pitching style to ESPN, she casually said, "I throw my curveball like Clayton Kershaw and my fastball like Mo'ne Davis." I love it.
Whether or not she goes on to play baseball in high school or college, or whether or not she ends up becoming the first woman in Major League Baseball, Davis has already done more than enough to be a symbol to women everywhere. She played with the boys, and she kicked some serious ass doing it.