Venus Williams Reveals Reason She Doesn’t Identify With The Term ‘Feminist,’ Talks Equality And Women’s Rights

Venus Williams discusses everything from women’s rights to changing opportunities for females in sport in a new interview with ELLE UK.

The 37-year-old may be all about girl power, but she says she doesn’t identify with the term “feminist.”

Williams explains, “I don’t like labels – though I do think as women we have much more power and opportunities in our hands than ever before. We truly don’t know how powerful we are. There’s nothing like a powerful woman walking into a room; her presence is like nothing else.”

Credit: ELLE UK/ Jamel Shabazz/ Patrick Waugh
Credit: ELLE UK/ Jamel Shabazz/ Patrick Waugh

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The tennis pro goes on to say that “there are always challenges you have to overcome on a daily basis” as a woman in the sporting industry.

She continues, “For me, the conversation [around equality] was never there. Unfortunately, people have the tendency to want to dominate one another, but fortunately, there are people who want to build other women up. It’s up to those people who want to build to hopefully eliminate all that negativity.”

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However, she does add: “There are so many emerging forces; there’s been so much growth for women in sports. It’s very exciting. You have to be able to stand up for what you believe in and I think I’ve done a good job. I guess I don’t have too many regrets.”

June’s ELLE UK magazine cover
June’s ELLE UK magazine cover — ELLE UK/ Jamel Shabazz/ Patrick Waugh

The star, who is currently listed as the eighth best in the world in the WTA singles rankings, is now getting ready to take part in Wimbledon in July.

Williams’ candid chat also sees Serena open up about her sister’s best qualities, with her discussing obstacles she’s managed to overcome to get to where she is today.

The athlete gushes of her older sibling: “Venus is someone who has overcome so many obstacles – from tennis to her health – and she runs two businesses. She faces obstacles every day. I think that everything she’s gone through, from age 18 to now, has shaped her to become the amazing woman she is.”

The full interview appears in the June issue of ELLE UK, on sale now.

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