Serena Williams writes Powerful Essay on Black Women's Equal Pay Day

Xavier Trudeau
Août 3, 2017

Her emotive letter continued: "I'd like to acknowledge the many realities black women face every day".

The 35-year-old professional tennis player opened up about the gender pay gap to mark Black Women's Equal Pay Day on Monday, July 31, 2017, and she has claimed the issue hits American "women of color the hardest" as they receive "37 cents" per dollar less than men.

But Williams has encouraged fellow black women to be thick-skinned and fight to close the pay gap because she has been able to boast a successful career despite her race and gender.

Serena added, "Black women: Be fearless".

#Serena Williams recalled her own experience where she was told that a woman in her color would not accomplish anything in the future. But despite hearing this while she was growing up, the female athlete has learned to speak up for what she believed was right.

Even after she became famous for her achievements on the tennis court, Serena Williams confessed that she had been criticized and treated unfairly by her male colleagues all because of her skin color. Every time you do, you're making it a little easier for a woman behind you.

Serena Williams has penned a letter advocating for equal pay for Black women in America and has claimed to have been a victim of racist remarks by her male colleagues in the past.

Unlike her, countless black women do not have the courage to speak out about their rights in the workplace because they lack support. But progress on equal pay is not itself equal. Most of all, know that you're worth it. However in 2016, white women's wages grew to 76 percent of white men's, compared to 67 percent for black women relative to white men-a racial difference of 9 percentage points.

Almost two-thirds of black women say that major obstacles remain for women in the workplace.

In addition to gender, black women see obstacles to racial equality: three-quarters of black women workers say there are still significant hurdles holding back minorities.

Still, some black women remain optimistic: more than 43% of black millennial women believe men and women have equal opportunities for promotion. It can take a long time to realize that. It took me a long time to realize it. But we are all worth it.

Let's get back those 37 cents.

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