Serena Williams: “I’m A Black Woman In A Sport That Wasn’t Meant For Black People”

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Serena Williams was guest editor for WIRED magazine and spoke on inequality, racism, bullying and more. Pop the top for her words….

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On giving girls in Africa the same access to education as boys:

I opened a school in Kenya in 2008 and a second in 2010. Now, sometimes in Africa they send only the boys to school. So we had a strict rule that our schools had to be at least 40 percent girls. It was impossible to get 50-50 boys to girls, and we really had to fight for 60-40. But we got it.

On progressing for equality for all:

Nothing like Black Girls Code existed when I was growing up. (And I know what it’s like to be interested in a field where the other kids don’t look like you.) So I think we’re making progress. But we can keep working even more to increase equality—whether it’s making sure to interview black candidates for tech jobs or standing up to cyber bullying or making sure that our technology is designed by all kinds of people. Eventually we’re going to make the world better. For everyone. And hopefully my next school will be 50-50.

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