[dropcap size=small]M[/dropcap]o’ne Davis isn’t old enough to drive yet, but she can break speed limits on the baseball diamond. Her 70 mph fastball confounds most of the batters she faces from the mound. At age 13, Davis is the first girl to ever pitch a complete game shutout in the Little League World Series.
She is now also the first Little Leaguer to ever grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.
More Mo’ne, please.
Even though Davis made the front cover of the print magazine this week, the SI homepage has over 40 images and stories of male athletes featured, with only 4 images of women (one in a bikini, one reporter, one of Serena Williams, and one of Mo’ne towards the bottom of the page). 10x more male images, 20x more male athletes.
The featured female image at the top of the homepage, entitled “Hot Clicks,” shows a Colombian model clad in a skimpy bikini. Clicking the link takes you to another swimsuit image entitled, “Lovely Lady of the Day,” and offers a link to a “full-sized gallery.” Seriously??
SI, we want more in-depth stories about female athletes who go out and beyond. Tell us about their lives, their quirks, their hopes and dreams.
To contain women to a single image or superficial frame of reference is a drag on the sure sailing of women whose complexity, independence, and tenacity demand nuance. Mo’ne’s story reminds us of that. Incredible baseball talent aside, Mo’ne is apparently five times better in basketball. She wants to play for UConn some day.