In continuation with our series highlighting black women in a variety of fields, today we are highlighting four black women in sports who have achieved great success. These women are some of the best athletes in the world, and we are so inspired by their stories and accomplishments.
Venus & Serena Williams are sisters who are both extraordinary professional tennis players. Combined, they have 121 career singles titles and 9 Olympic medals. Serena has held the top spot in the Women’s Tennis Association rankings many times, and she has expanded her brand to fashion, film, and TV, as she now has her own clothing line, has made several television appearances, and has published an autobiography. Venus has also won numerous titles, and she has a clothing line, as well as an interior design company, and she co-authored a New York Times Best Seller. The sisters were also the first African-American women to buy shares of an NFL team.
“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.” –Serena Williams
Simone Biles is a gymnast with over two dozen Olympic medals. She overcame childhood hardships and rose as a gymnastics prodigy at a young age, and she has set many records in her gymnastics career and won numerous awards. Biles has also been endorsed by and sponsored a variety of well-known brands throughout her career.
“If they said, 'Do five pull-ups,' I would always want to do 10.” –Simone Biles
Allyson Felix is a runner who has won 9 Olympic medals, the most of any woman in US track and field history. She competed in her first Olympics at just 18 years old. She is also a member of the Right to Play board, seeking to raise awareness for underserved children in developing areas, and she is an advisor to a fitness startup and an investor in a plant-based protein bar.
“I always want to give more than I gave yesterday.” –Allyson Felix
These four women demonstrate admirable amounts of talent, dedication, and perseverance, and we are excited to be celebrating them today. Next, we will conclude our series highlighting black women in STEM.