Serena Williams was vocal in her support of black women as she wrote a nearly 1,000-word essay in the Fortune magazine on the eve of Black Women's Equal Pay Day. The 35-year-old also revealed that she herself has faced instances of sexism and racism both on and off the court in her career, so far.
According to the statistics stated by the Tennis Star, a black woman works eight months more to earn the same wage that her male counterparts make in a year. In her moving essay on the inequality and insults that black women face every day, Williams revealed instances of racism and sexism that she has faced in her career so far.
Although the 35-year-old is the highest paid female athlete today, she hasn't had an easy journey to the top as she revealed, "I have been treated unfairly, I've been disrespected by my male colleagues and - in the most painful times - I've been the subject of racist remarks on and off the tennis court."
Calling for the legislation and action to change the status quo concerning this impartiality, the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, said, "The cycles of poverty, discrimination, and sexism are much, much harder to break than the record for Grand Slam titles. Black women: Be fearless. Speak out for equal pay. Every time you do, you're making it a little easier for a woman behind you,"
Her write-up was full of stats to support her claim. For instance, "for every dollar made by a man, black women make 63 cents in the United States. Moreover, black women earn 17 percent less than white women, and black women with graduate degrees get paid less at every level", wrote Williams.
Finally, although Williams remains the highest earning female athlete with a pay check of $27 million according to Forbes, she is only ranked 51st on their overall list of highest paid athletes.