Mo'Ne Davis and Gender Stereotypes

Gender & Sexism
People, Identity & Culture
Mo'Ne Davis Little League World Series Baseball Pitch
AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar
Grade Level:
Elementary School
Common Core Standards:
Reading, Speaking and Listening
Gender & Sexism
People, Identity & Culture

In 2014 Mo’Ne Davis, a 13-year-old girl, made news headlines as the first girl to ever pitch a shutout in the Little League World series. At that time she was considered the “most talked about baseball player on earth right now” according to many observers in the sports world. Mo’Ne (pronounced Moh-nay) played baseball for the Taney Dragons of Philadelphia, PA. She was the only girl on her team, the first American girl to play in the Little League World Series since 2004 and is only the eighteenth girl to have played in the sixty-eight-year history of the Little League World Series. She was on the cover of Sports Illustrated, the most prominent sports magazine and Sports Illustrated Kids. In 2018, Mo’Ne chose Hampton University to attend and play softball.

This elementary lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn more about Mo’Ne Davis and, at the same time, explore gender stereotypes about sports and in other areas of their lives.

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