Serena Williams Says “I Am About To Be A Real Woman Now” When Asked About Giving Birth Soon
Serena Williams is just weeks from giving birth to her first child with fiancé Alexis Ohanian and in an interview with Stellar magazine, she got very candid about her hopes, fears, and feminist ideologies as an expectant mother.
“Having a baby, nothing is guaranteed,” Williams shared. “That’s the scariest thing. [But] I think [giving birth] will give me more strength, if that’s possible, and a lot more confidence. I feel like I will be ready for anything.”
Strength is something the tennis pro has always displayed on and off the court. As a competitor, she has earned the title of “Greatest Athlete Ever,” last year and has been ranked world No. 1 in singles on eight occasions, from 2002 to 2017. Outside of sports, Williams has proven herself a strong feminist ally, taking a vocal stand against the sexism she experiences as an athlete, and also speaking out for those affected by issues she’s been blessed to overcome such as the gender pay gap, which she most recently addressed in a letter on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day.
“There are barriers I hope to break so my baby, whether boy or girl, won’t have to live under those stipulations,” the 35-year-old told the mag of her recent activism. “I definitely am a feminist. I like to stick up for women and women’s rights. So many things happen and I just think, ‘Wow, why don’t we have a chance?’ If that makes me a feminist, I am proud to be one.”
But before she can tackle those barriers, Williams, who is eight months pregnant, has to tackle the immediate challenge in front of her: child birth. When asked about it, she shared it’s a process she looks forward to, despite her aforementioned fears, because she believes she’ll be “a real woman now.”
“I have so much respect for so many women [for giving birth]. I am about to be a real woman now, you know? It’s going to be something incredibly impressive to go through.”
I’ll admit, I cringed a bit at Williams’ “real woman” declaration which goes against the very stigma feminists and childless woman have been fighting since the beginning of time, but I understand the sentiment of feeling like there’s nothing you can’t do once you bring life into this world. We’re definitely looking forward to watching Williams continue her reign of domination as a mother.