Serena Williams Tackles Race, Gender, & Equality Issues in 'Wired'
Here’s what the 34-year-old tennis star had to share with the mag:
On being a role model as a tennis player: “I’m a black woman, and I am in a sport that wasn’t really meant for black people. I want young people to look at the trailblazers that we have assembled [in this issue] and be inspired.”
On staying positive: “Back in 2008, when I was competing in the US Open, I would keep little “matchbooks,” where I’d write affirmations to myself and read them during matches. It worked pretty well. But before long I found an even better way to inspire myself: I started using affirmations as the passwords to my phone and my computer. (No, I’m not going to tell you what my current affirmation is!) You should try it. You’ll be surprised how many times a day you log in and have an opportunity to trigger the positivity. I love that I can use technology that way.”
Click inside to find out who Serena Williams chose as “Trailblazers” for the issue…
1. Common, musician and activist for change
2. Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code
3. Mahalia Hines, Common’s mother, a lifelong educator and member of Chicago Board of Education
4. Billie Jean King, one of the first openly gay major American athletes
5. DeRay Mckesson, civil rights activist and face of Black Lives Matter
6. Mary Meeker, venture capitalist
7. Geena Rocero, transgender model
8. Ronda Rousey, MMA champion athlete
9. Tristan Walker, CEO of Walker & Company and one of the highest profile African American startup founders in Silicon Valley.
10. Jen Welter, first female preseason coach of the Arizona Cardinals