How Serena Williams rewrote the playbook for female athletes juggling motherhood and sport.
If you follow women’s sports as closely as I do, you need to understand that for years, there was virtually no conversation about the issues and challenges facing women that went beyond and outside the realm of the actual female athlete.
The lack of discussion has allowed many women in sports to feel that their female athlete peers have an unfair advantage. This is true, but there are many different ways to view the issue.
To understand the issue of women in sport, one must understand that as a woman, I’m forced to endure the same sexist comments that my male counterparts receive.
And it’s not just in football, but in every other male-dominated sport.
I’m forced to endure the sexist comments from coaches, parents and teammates in basketball, football, baseball and every other sport where you play the role of a man. I’ve had the opportunity to travel the country playing basketball and I’m forced to endure the racist and sexist comments that I’ve received because I’m a woman. I’ve had to endure the sexist comments from coaches and teammates who didn’t value me or respect me because I am a woman.
And the worst part of it all is that I don’t have to experience this. I don’t have to hear the sexist and racist comments. I don’t have to see the sexist and racist comments.
I can sit on the sidelines and do nothing.
I didn’t have to stand up and shout out.
I didn’t have to wear a ‘No Cops on the Field’ sign.
I didn’t have to show my support for women who are facing discrimination.
I can sit and do nothing and feel that I have it relatively easy because my male counterpart doesn’t have to hear or see these sexist and racist comments.
They don’t have to experience any of these sexist and discriminatory comments.
And when they say the same sexist and discriminatory comments, we as women have to be the perfect example of how