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Women Need to Keep Fighting Like Serena

September 10, 2018

Inspiration for women, women entrepreneurs, females in sports, feminists

If the NFL thought their season opening weekend was going to make the headlines, they were mistaken. Instead a female dominated sports issue that occurred on Saturday is being talked about still and perhaps the rest of the year or decade. I knew Serena Williams would be playing in the US Open on Saturday so I made sure to turn on the television. I followed her story because she was a returning mother to the courts and her desire to win the US Open after having a child.

I understood Serena’s story because I re-entered the workplace eight weeks after my first son was born. It was a difficult transition for me as it is for most mothers leaving their child after giving birth; especially if it is your first born when feeling responsible for another person’s life is unexplainable before their birth. I remember looking down in the quiet twilight moment after my son was born with no one around me and saying to myself as I looked at his full head of dark hair, dark brown eyes and perfect lips saying, “I’m a mother! I’m a mother.”

Unlike Serena I did not have to get back to top athletic form to return to work. I also didn’t have millions of people watching my progress. My interest in watching her perform was to lend invisible support to a returning working mother in her job to succeed. I was watching when the umpire started what I saw as an unfair response to Serena’s actions. She was culpable for the first point being taken away but not for losing an entire game for making her opinion heard. I know I would have acted just like Serena defending my character if accused otherwise. When women become mothers, especially mothers to daughters, their lives take on a new meaning. I don’t have a daughter but I fight for my five nieces rights when I stand up for my own.

My sons tell me they see women equal to men so stop fighting; but they can’t see the same things I see or feel what I feel because they are men. They may sympathize with my emotions as their mother but when they say to me, “Mom, women are equal to men. Why do you fight so hard for them?” I point to Serena’s example to remind them women still have a long way to go to gain equality in sports, business and equality issues.

Not everyone can walk in other’s footsteps but until women (and men) stick up for inequality of play in the workplace, marketplace and even on the tennis courts women won’t achieve universal equality. I believe it is up to women to champion other women’s fight because in the end their fight is our fight. We are sisters in inequality until more of us try even harder to change the world for women.

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