Serena Williams Swings Backs at Sexists Who Think Men Deserve More Money

Serena Williams at Indian Wells

We came so close to ending this month -- Women's History Month -- without too much noise from sexist pigs. But that went out the window this weekend during the BNP Paribas Open when apparent chauvinist Novak Djokovic joined the tournament director in supporting pay inequality (for women, of course) in the sport. Don't worry too much, though -- fortunately we have Serena Williams batting (er, swinging?) for us.

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Prior to the event, the director and CEO of the golf course (Raymond Moore) made outrageous remarks about women's tennis athletes -- implying that their success is due to the men whose "coattails" they've apparently been riding. The worst part? Moore went on to boldly say that women ought to "go down every night on [their] knees and thank God." (Sorry, we can't make this crap up.)

While tennis player Djokovic acknowledged the foolish comments as "not politically correct," he (much to our surprise) went on to say, even as he commends us and believes that we do "deserve respect and admiration" -- the equivalent of pinching us on the cheek and referring to us as cute -- he feels men deserve even more money, "because the stats are showing that we have much more spectators on the men's tennis matches." 

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It's as if the wage gap isn't already completely out of whack. Last year, Djokovic made an astonishing $21.6 million, while Serena Williams made $10.58 million -- these two hold the same title, ranked as number one for their respected genders.

Safe to say, we certainly aren't pleased by these comments, and neither is Serena Williams, who quickly put the men and their ridiculous comments in place:

There's only one way to interpret that. 'Get on your knees,' which is offensive enough, and 'thank a man'? We, as women, have come a long way. We shouldn’t have to drop to our knees at any point.

She went on to add salt in a well-deserved wound, saying, "I'm sorry, did Roger play in that final? Or Rafa, or any man, play in that final that was sold out before the men’s final? I think not."

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In advocating for pay equality within the tennis world, Williams is doing women everywhere (in sports, in Hollywood, and in your average office) a major service. She didn't shy away from the controversial statements or remain meek and quiet -- perhaps taking inspiration from other women in Hollywood -- and instead chose to speak up about a truly unjust cause that impacts us all.

Honestly, we need more balls-y women like her. Hey, she isn't a woman who inspires for no reason.

 

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