Female Role Models Will Inspire Women, Girls in Rosemont Next Weekend Watch:

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Female Role Models Will Inspire Women, Girls in Rosemont Next Weekend Watch:


When I was a little girl, I remember watching Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson and wanting to be just like them on the basketball court.

Softball icon Jennie Finch, a star pitcher for the U.S. Olympic team from 2004 to 2008, grew up idolizing former major league pitcher Orel Hershiser.

"I had male role models," Finch said.

When it came to sports, most women of our generation did. I remember being shocked when I stumbled upon the NCAA women's championship game on TV in the early 1980s. I was mesmerized by how good Cheryl Miller was in leading USC to the title. I had never seen women's basketball on TV.

"Now, young girls are being raised not knowing this, not really knowing gender, they see female athletes (on TV)," said Finch, a former star with the Chicago Bandits. "These girls are growing up believing they can be anything."

To help pound that point home in a more official capacity, Finch has signed on to be a part of a "you go girl" type of event next weekend in Rosemont. She will be among a large collection of speakers (I am as well) at the Empowering Girls for Life convention at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Aug. 10-12.

"This is a great opportunity for women and girls to come together to inspire the next generation," Finch said. "I think girls need to feel the sisterhood, and get to know the people who came before them and broke down barriers."

Included in that mix of speakers are women such as DePaul athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto, Kathrine Switzer (first woman to run the Boston Marathon), Jami Lobpries (vice president of USSSA Fastpitch), ESPN's Victoria Arlen and Jessica Mendoza, pro soccer star Christie Rampone, Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez and Bandits head coach Stacey Nuveman. …

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