NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — Serena Williams has made it clear: It’s not fair. A male athlete would never have to make that decision.
But Williams, who turns 41 next month, told the world she was leaving tennis to focus on having a second child and being a big sister to her firstborn, Olympia. Her explanation in a lengthy article for Vogue resonated among female athletes and other professions, many of whom summed up her words perfectly, “something has to give.” And as for the idea that no one can have it all, at least not all at the same time.
Many noted that Williams’ adventures, including winning a major tournament while two months pregnant, made her supernatural. But, as Professor Sherry Randolph has said, any woman is expected to combine work and motherhood.
Randolph, who teaches history at Georgia Tech University and founded a black feminist research institute, said, “Society makes women believe they can have it all at the same time: the best mom at home and the best at work.” Be the best mom ever.” And writing a book on African-American moms.
“But in reality for most women that doesn’t happen,” she said. “What happens at the end of the day is that working women get tired of overworking in two demanding jobs: motherhood and their profession.” As if to explain what she was trying to prove, Randolph’s 4-year-old son constantly interrupted her as he clarified his thoughts on Williams’ decision in a phone interview.
Explaining that her daughter wants to be an older sister, Williams said she doesn’t want to get pregnant again as an athlete: “I have to put both feet or two feet out in tennis.”
“Trust me,” wrote the 23-time Grand Slam champion. “I never wanted me to have to choose between tennis and family. It didn’t seem fair to me. If I were a man I wouldn’t have written this because I would be playing and my wife would do the physical work of expanding our family.”
“Maybe I would be like Tom Brady if I had the chance,” he said, referring to the 45-year-old football superstar who recently announced his retirement and withdrew 40 days later.
Many women, speaking of Williams’ ad, considered the excruciating pain of making a decision to name “having it all”.
Joe McKinney, 57, an advertising agency executive in New York, said, “Even as a woman sitting at a desk whose job isn’t physically demanding, I’ve kept that gap between my career and my family.” Feel the tears.”
“Looking back, I wish I didn’t lack ambition every time I chose my family for my job,” he said. “Serena’s article gave me goosebumps because it says what many of us feel and are afraid to say out loud: It’s not fair and something to give.”