“Suffer little children and forbid them not…” this popular Bible phrase from Matthew 19:14 (KJV) has been cited to reference young people and their involvement in many things including religious practices, roles of leadership, and yes even sports. Mo’ne Davis’s unparalleled position as a 13-year-old female with a fierce fast ball pitch on an all-boys little league team not only has her supporters echoing the same sentiment as to not forbid such a young amazing female talent to play in a primarily all-boys league but many of her fans now consider her a legitimate role model. Although not the first female to play in the Little League World Series she is however the first to win a game as a pitcher. The question now becomes what will she do with this new found popularity and the onus that has been ascribed to her as a role model?: A status even many adults are hesitant to embrace as it comes with such great social responsibility. Overall, since attracting so much attention Davis managed to still play well even though she and her Philadelphia teammates fell just shy of a national championship appearance in a 6-5 loss to Chicago who then went on to win the national title.
Despite a disappointing loss and an end to a real-life Cinderella story, a lot spectators get the feeling that the LLWS is only a glimpse of what’s to come for Davis and the Girl-Power Movement that seems to be taking the nation by storm. For a young female pitcher among so many boys to handle herself in front of the camera with so much poise and character and yet still appears to have that kid-like innocent fun on the diamond we should probably be more excited about her future than her present. Davis has been seen saying that a lot of her male peers even look up to her on the team as their leader. Davis’s success has become an example for a lot of people including, a lot of adult men and women whom in wake of her remarkable feat and ability achieve no-hitter games has sparked conversation as to how much where withal and inner strength females really possess in relation to that of their male counterparts; hence this sort of Cultural Revolution right before our very eyes.
Since Mo’ne Davis has been making headlines we have seen more females make more significant gains in the area of sports than any other time of our country’s history. On August 5, 2014 The San Antonio Spurs organization hired former WNBA player, Becky Hammon as their assistant coach, making her the first full-time female coach in NBA history. In the weeks following the NBA hired Michele Roberts as the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association on August 19, 2014 making her the first woman to ever hold such a high ranking position within the league. This is the Girl-Power Movement; a new feminist movement in the sense of females displaying more of the capability to lead males. Can such events shed light on the possibility of more women having the capacity to be leaders of young men just as Mo’ne Davis was on her team and affirm the Girl-Power Movement? Perhaps the real answer will arrive in 2016 when and if Hillary Clinton is elected president.