Introducing Woman Crush Wednesday! This Week’s #WCW: Serena Williams

HCWC is pleased to announce the launch of our very own #WCW (WomanCrushWednesday). Beginning today, we will use hashtags (#WCW #HCWC) each week to showcase woman leaders who are working to challenge, motivate and inspire others in their respective fields.


Each week HCWC will spotlight a woman within the Harvard community or beyond whose work and actions we deem to be “crush worthy.” We encourage you to participate in our #WCW  via your various social media platforms by sharing the women we honor each week to bring light to their important work.


Who she is: Serena Williams, tennis star extraordinaire

Why she’s our #WCW: In addition to being an incredibly talented and humble athlete, Serena Williams knows how to resist the sexist norms that society has tried to impose upon her.

In response to body-shaming, she replied:

I literally was born with this most amazing body… And if anyone doesn’t like it, then they don’t have to. Because at the end of the day, I like it. And I know a lot of other people who like it too.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar backed her up in a piece about the racialized body-shaming that black female athletes like Serena Williams and Misty Copeland.

When a reporter asked why she wasn’t smiling, she had the best response.

She’s a great sister to Venus, of course:

And she’s at a career peak – she deserves recognition after years of under-appreciation!

Perhaps best of all, she knows how to rise above the haters. On Good Morning America, she said:

I just don’t have time to be brought down. I have too many things to do, you know. I have Grand Slams to win. I have people to inspire. And that’s what I’m here for.


To nominate another #WCW, please use our form! Happy #WCW from #HCWC!

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