Venus Williams no feminist, says women have more opportunities than ever before

By Grace Carr

American tennis player Venus Williams told Elle UK that she doesn’t identify as a feminist and thinks women have more opportunities than they’ve ever had before.

“I don’t like labels, though I do think as women we have much more power and opportunities in our hands than ever before,” Williams told Elle in an interview for its June magazine issue.

Her statements come amid the growing fervor of progressive women’s groups reviving their calls for female power, vocalized largely after a number of scandals involving male Hollywood and government bigwigs sparked the #MeToo movement.

When asked about her thoughts on topics like equality and women’s rights, Williams explained she does not see the value in debating the fairness of equal outcomes, but recognizes opportunity and works hard to turn that opportunity into success.

She added that working to encourage others to succeed rather than beating them down in competition should be an important element of women’s empowerment. She put eliminating negativity at the fore of actions necessary to uplifting other women seeking to succeed.

“We truly don’t know how powerful we are,” Williams said, according to the Daily Mail. “There’s nothing like a powerful woman walking into a room.”

“There are so many emerging forces; there’s been so much growth for women in sports. It’s very exciting,” she continued.

Williams also pointed to a number of obstacles she’s had to overcome in her professional and personal life, including multiple injuries while she was competing as a pro tennis player, as instances that made her stronger than she could have guessed.

TalentWorks, a site that specializes in matching applicants to jobs, reported in January that women are 48 percent more likely to get hired than men after analyzing over 4,000 job applications.

Women are also outperforming men in school by a large margin, according to The New York Times. Not only are women getting far better grades than their male classmates, but they are also more likely to graduate with a degree than their male peers. Where most colleges used to be male-dominated, men made up 44 percent of all college students in the United States in 2017, according to Department of Education data.

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2 thoughts on “Venus Williams no feminist, says women have more opportunities than ever before

  1. Venus Williams is right! The feminist movement has long ago, outlived its usefulness. They are nothing more than a political action committee for Democrats. And they aren’t anywhere near on the side of women. Note how they clamor against the misogynist Muslims as they continue to practice , even in this country, female circumcision. Note too, how they rail against the cloth prison..the burka. Have you noticed their screaming against honor killings perpetrated by Muslims in this country. Of course you haven’t. Because they don’t; and they don’t care. No, ladies, the feminists are NOT on your side. It’s all about money. Money for the Democrats.

  2. Serena is a person with great determination and focus, and not just willing, but eager to do a lot of hard work to succeed.
    Any person, male or female would be successful in to-day’s US society.

    Their are plenty of lesser folks, who likely are less successful, and they may blame their perceived lack of success being the fault of society.

    That leads them to join demonstrations to draw attention to their plight, hoping some government program will lift help lift them up.

    Truly proud people would not ever dream to ask for a hand out.

    They would knuckle down, be better, be best, until success comes.

    Where there is a will, there is a way.

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