Donna Orender and the Impact of Mo’ne Davis

mone-davis-baseball-screenshot-ESPNvideoGreat post from Kelly Wallace, CNN’s digital correspondent and editor-at-large, on the impact Little League star Mo’ne Davis is having on our society.  From the post:

We’re not just taken with how this 5-foot-4 inch eighth-grader throws 70-mph fastballs and strikes out batter after batter. We’re also blown away by her grace under pressure and how she’s just being Mo’ne.

“I never thought that I would be a role model at this age … so I just have to be myself,” she said in a recent ESPN interview.

She’s an inspiration to any little girl who wants to play baseball some day — and to all the women who know firsthand the doubters and naysayers that Davis has no doubt encountered on her path to World Series history.

Generation W’s own Donna Orender is mentioned in the article:

Davis is sending a message to girls and boys, says Donna Orender, a former president of the WNBA.  The message to girls is pursue your dreams no matter what, said Orender, who has created a nonprofit called Generation W focusing on inspiring women and girls. “Go do what you think you want to do and do your best because you know there’s some mound waiting for you to make your best pitch on.”

Davis’ success teaches boys and men about understanding and realizing that, “Oh my goodness, there really are girls that can do that.”  She also helps do away with those “gender-based biases we’re taught as kids about the boys’ role and the girls’ role,” she added.

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