By Dominick Fils-Aime | December 6, 2016
Tennis Icon Serena Williams took to Instagram on Sunday to deliver a message to women worldwide, encouraging ladies of all ages to follow their dreams, strive for greatness and be resilient. Williams’ sentiments mirrored the words of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during her concession speech, after one of the most experienced politicians in the history of U.S politics lost to a candidate who never held political office. Not to mention, a candidate who ran one of the most divisive campaigns ever. With such events in mind, Williams post was much needed as the elections results may be a reflection of gender equality going in the wrong directions.
Within the post, the 22x Grand Slam singles winner expressed her frustration with gender inequality, citing the gender pay gap, achievement and the way in which those achievements are often recognized, and framed dependent on one’s gender.
“Do they say LeBron is one of the world’s best male athletes? Is Tiger? Federer? Why not? They are certainly not female. We should never let this go unchallenged,” she explained.
Williams went on to encourage women to use their denomination as second rate citizens, relative to men, not as a handicap but as fuel and motivation to strive for excellence.
“For me, it was a question of resilience,” she wrote. “What others marked as flaws or disadvantages about myself—my race, my gender—I embraced as fuel for my success,” she wrote.Williams, who is possibly the greatest tennis player ever, concluded her post urging women and girls worldwide to dream big and push for greatness, as to empower the next generation of young girls to be “bold in their pursuits”. At a time when women might question their value, in a system that clearly discredits their contributions, William’s message was much needed.