Serena Williams Aspires to Empower 'Women & People of Color' by Amplifying Their Voices

Serena Williams Aspires to Empower 'Women & People of Color' by Amplifying Their Voices

In a recent interview with British Vogue for the November cover story, Serena Williams discusses her commitment to using her voice to support those without a platform and hopes to inspire women and people of color to recognize and use their own voices.

Williams emphasizes the need for a change in societal expectations, stating, "In this society, women are not taught or expected to be that future leader or future CEO. The narrative has to change. And maybe it doesn’t get better in time for me, but someone in my position can show women and people of color that we have a voice because lord knows I use mine."

The tennis superstar expresses her passion for standing up for people and supporting women, acting as a voice for millions who may not have the platform to be heard.

Williams also addresses the disparities she perceives in the sports world, noting that she often feels "underpaid and undervalued" compared to her male counterparts.

Beyond her athletic achievements, Serena Williams has been outspoken against sexism and racism, actively supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. She acknowledges the role of technology in amplifying these conversations, allowing people to capture and share incidents that were previously hidden.

Reflecting on recent events, Williams shares her experience of receiving apologies from white individuals after the death of George Floyd, highlighting the impact of increased awareness on certain issues. She remarks, "I had so many people who were white writing to me saying, 'I’m sorry for everything you’ve had to go through.' I think for a minute they started — not to understand, because I don’t think you can understand — but they started to see."

This interview follows Serena Williams' withdrawal from the 2020 French Open due to an Achilles injury sustained in September during her semifinal loss at the U.S. Open.

The full feature can be read in the November issue of British Vogue, available via digital download and on newsstands on Friday.

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