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Black women make 63 cents for every dollar a white man earns, according to research from the National Women’s Law Center. It’s a statistic that has moved mom-to-be Serena Williams to action.

The tennis star has penned an essay about black women and the pay gap for Fortune magazine in order to “acknowledge the many realities black women face every day.”

“Together, we will change the story — but we are going to have to fight for every penny,” Williams wrote in the essay published Monday. “Growing up, I was told I couldn’t accomplish my dreams because I was a woman and, more so, because of the color of my skin. In every stage of my life, I’ve had to learn to stand up for myself and speak out. I have been treated unfairly, I’ve been disrespected by my male colleagues and — in the most painful times — I’ve been the subject of racist remarks on and off the tennis court. Luckily, I am blessed with an inner drive and a support system of family and friends that encourage me to move forward. But these injustices still hurt.”

Serena, 35, acknowledged she’s in the “rare position” of being “financially successful,” and noted that Monday, which is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, wasn’t about her.

“It’s about the other 24 million black women in America. If I never picked up a tennis racket, I would be one of them; that is never lost on me” her essay continued. “The cycles of poverty, discrimination and sexism are much, much harder to break than the record for Grand Slam titles.

“For every black woman that rises through the ranks to a position of power, there are too many others who are still struggling.”

Williams joined SurveyMonkey’s board of directors to help effect change on this particular issue.

“Black women: Be fearless. Speak out for equal pay,” she concluded. “Every time you do, you’re making it a little easier for a woman behind you. Most of all, know that you’re worth it … Let’s get back those 37 cents.”

(Photo Credit: Associated Press)

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4 thoughts on “Serena Williams Fighting To Close Pay Gap For Black Women

  1. Joe Gonzales on said:

    You are a real Uncle Tom or Aunt Thomasine.
    Yes she did say that about Black Men
    Serena is a White Woman , she does not belong with us Blacks.Sell out..Give up your Black Card Ho

  2. Joe Gonzales on said:

    Serena is a great athlete but not stay so good human being towards black men. She made some very disparaging remarks calling black men children and stated that she had no interest in being with a black man. Serena stated that being with her current white man was the best thing that ever happened to her. Not so long ago Serena came from the some of the poorest neighborhoods in America Compton California. She has lost her black card. I respect her accomplishment as an athlete and disrespect her for the way she is showering hate on black men. It was black people that supported her when she was starting out. I wish her well but I am not going to spend any time listening to her crap

    • Joe Gonzales, you are a liar. Serena never made that statement. My question to you, have you called out the many black rappers , black , athletics, and black entertainers that date outside their race, no you have not. You do not wish her well, you are jealous because this successful women have found someone to love her. DO me a favor and stop lying and posting face news. Trump

      • Joe Gonzales on said:

        You are a real Uncle Tom or Aunt Thomasine.
        Yes she did say that about Black Men
        Serena is a White Woman , she does not belong with us Blacks.Sell out..Give up your Black Card Ho

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