Serena Williams wrote an open letter for Porter Magazine addressed to "all incredible women who strive for excellence." The letter, republished by The Guardian, acknowledges the sexism that Williams has faced in her quest to become the greatest tennis player—not just the greatest female tennis player— of all time.

The letter starts by saying:

When I was growing up, I had a dream. I’m sure you did, too. My dream wasn’t like that of an average kid, my dream was to be the best tennis player in the world. Not the best “female” tennis player in the world.


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Williams also discusses the wage gap that she and many other women experience firsthand (yes, the wage gap is real, no matter how many people try to dismiss it), as well as acknowledging that her race made her goals even harder to achieve. Williams went on to write about how women athletes are often hailed as the best of their gender, but rarely are given accolades like male athletes are.

People call me one of the “world’s greatest female athletes”. Do they say LeBron is one of the world’s best male athletes? Is Tiger? Federer? Why not? They are certainly not female. We should never let this go unchallenged. We should always be judged by our achievements, not by our gender.


If you are looking for your daily dose of inspiration and empowerment, you can read her letter in full here.