How is it that my 10-year-old daughter’s all-time favorite movie is the 1992 film, “A League of Their Own?”
It’s very simple.
The movie is based on amazing powerhouse women, such as Reading’s own Ruth Kramer Hartman, who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s and ’50s, during and after World War II — women who became the centerpiece of a monumental time in American history by keeping the oldest American pastime of professional baseball going and thriving, setting a resounding precedent of equal rights for women.
And now, another girl is carrying the torch, or should I say bat.
Mo’ne Davis, at a mere 13 years old, is blazing through history as only the 18th girl to play in the 68-year history of the Little League Baseball World Series, typically an all-boys baseball tournament that brings together all-star teams from around the world.
And to add to the already amazing feat, Davis is her team’s star pitcher.
She takes the mound again Wednesday night for the Taney Dragons of Philadelphia in the team’s third game in the series, which is being played in Williamsport.
Oh, and did I mention that the Dragons are 2-0 in the series?
So, you already know my daughter and I have been watching Davis’ every play in the series, with edge-of-our-seats excitement.
Seeing the women such as Hartman portrayed in the movie – and girls such as Davis – accomplish things that men typically do is very empowering for my daughter and something that pushes her to be the best she can be.
Any woman or girl who can bring a positive and powerful message into the world is a hero to her and a hero to me.
Way to knock it out of the park, ladies.