Serena Williams is finally the highest paid woman in sports after raking in $28.9 million in the past 12 months. All it took was a lengthy career full of wins and domination and Maria Sharapova being banned from the sport for two years, according to Time.
However, during an interview for Glamour with Melissa Harris-Perry, Williams spoke on the ridiculous wage gap that still exists between men and women for doing the exact same work.
“These sports have a lot of work to do. And I really hope that I can be helpful in that journey because I do believe that women deserve the same pay,” Williams said.
“We work just as hard as men do. I’ve been working, playing tennis, since I was three years old. And to be paid less just because of my sex — it doesn’t seem fair,” she continued. “Will I have to explain to my daughter that her brother is gonna make more money doing the exact same job because he’s a man? If they both played sports since they were three years old, they both worked just as hard, but because he’s a boy, they’re gonna give him more money? Like, how am I gonna explain that to her?”
These aren’t questions that we should have ever had to ask, better yet in 2016. However, they need to be answered and Williams, now the most marketable and influential female athlete in the world, is free to ask them.
“In tennis we’ve had great pioneers that paved the way—including Venus, who fought so hard for Wimbledon to pay women the same prize money they pay men, and Billie Jean King, who is one of the main reasons Title IX exists.”
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