Serena Williams Covers WIRED Magazine, Talks Equality for Women and 'Black Lives Matter' [Photo]
October 31, 2015 9:29 AM PST
21-time Grand Clam winner Serena Williams covers the latest issue of WIRED magazine.
In the mag, she talks about bullying, equality for women, and shares her thoughts on the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Check out a few excerpts below.
Serena on equality:
Equality is important. In the NFL, they have something called the Rooney rule. It says that teams have to interview minority candidates for senior jobs. It’s a rule that companies in Silicon Valley are starting to follow too, and that’s great. But we need to see more women and people of different colors and nationalities in tech. That’s the reason I wanted to do this issue with WIRED—I’m a black woman, and I am in a sport that wasn’t really meant for black people. And while tennis isn’t really about the future, Silicon Valley sure is. I want young people to look at the trailblazers we’ve assembled below and be inspired. I hope they eventually become trailblazers themselves. Together we can change the future.
Serena on why she chose to open a school in Kenya.
Here’s one of the affirmations I gave myself when I was younger: “I will work in Africa and help kids and help people.” And I did. I opened a school in Kenya in 2008 and a second in 2010. Now, sometimes in Africa they send only the boys to school. So we had a strict rule that our schools had to be at least 40 percent girls. It was impossible to get 50-50 boys to girls, and we really had to fight for 60-40. But we got it.
On her support for Black Lives Matter:
To those of you involved in equality movements like Black Lives Matter, I say this: Keep it up. Don’t let those trolls stop you. We’ve been through so much for so many centuries, and we shall overcome this, too.
To read more from Serena’s cover story, visit WIRED.