Serena Williams has a message for critics who want to calm down on social issues and only play tennis.
At a press conference on Saturday, Williams announced:
The comments were quickly repeated by the football sensation Megan Rapinoe.
"You know what?" I will fight for the same pay every day, for myself, for my team and for each person, "Rapinoe said on NBC, adding:
"Man, woman, immigrant, American citizen, person of color, whatever it may be. "Equal remuneration," as the great Serena Williams said, "until I am in my grave."
Williams, who won 23 Grand Slam titles, fell short on Saturday in her quest to tie Margaret Court's record of 24, losing in the Wimbledon finals to Simona Halep.
Throughout her career, Williams has had to deal with many criticisms for speaking openly on issues such as sexism, racism and the gender wage gap, especially in relation to women of color. But more recently, that criticism came from a surprising source: tennis legend and activist Billie Jean King.
King suggested earlier in the tournament that if Williams wanted an opportunity in the record, he should stop being a celebrity for a year and a half.
"No more Met Galas," King told the BBC. "Just stop all this madness because she is trying to be everything."
King was quick to add that this advice was for Williams if his main goal was to continue beating tennis records.
"If she's quite happy as she is, then that's fine," King said.
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