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
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!