These powerful women had spent the last five days pouring into me (yes I felt like they had come for me). By the end of this conference I was ready to go back and build a business, conquer the world, make major moves and then…I read this.
The top female tennis player in the world had just made history. She won Six Wimbledon titles, won 21 grand slams and is the oldest player to win top honors at Wimbledon. Instead of talking about how she just made history we are talking about her arms. Are you kidding me? She looks masculine because her arms are too big?
The article went on to talk about female athletes who are called masculine because they are built in a way that allows them to do their job and to perform as an athlete.
Are you saying that if you’re physically fit, strong, and know what to do with it, then you cannot possibly be as feminine as other girls? These women who are at the top of their game have to fight image issues from the public and struggle with problems with their self-image.
You must understand that the event Serena played her game was not the neighborhood park. It was in England where only a few tennis players will ever play on that court and where thousands of spectators will come to watch. They come to witness the best in the world. What do we find to talk to this great athlete about? How do you feel about your big arms?
The very next article about Wimbledon was about two male tennis players. This article did not mention one time anything about how they looked, what outfits they wore or their muscle mass. The article spoke of the game; who won, who had the advantage, etc.
It seems that there are more women empowerment movements popping up like never before. I was at Dr. Corletta J. Vaughn’s Women Who Soar and their Daughters and plan on going to a Women’s Empowerment Expo the following week.
I love what Dr. Vaughn is doing because she is taking girls as young as six years old and empowering them so that they won’t have image issues to deal with. They can just do what they do it, whether it’s in music, business, sports, or entertainment.
I go home from this meeting empowered but realize we have a lot of work to do to make sure every woman is empowered.