Serena Williams Criticized After Saying Giving Birth Will Make her a ‘Real Woman’

Serena Williams made the comments to Stellar magazine. (EVAN AGOSTINI/EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION/AP)
Serena Williams made the comments to Stellar magazine. (EVAN AGOSTINI/EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION/AP)

Tennis superstar Serena Williams created a racket on social media after she said giving birth will make her a “real woman.”

The 23-time Grand Slam winner, who is currently expecting her first child, sparked controversy when she opened up about what bringing a baby into the world means to her.

“I have so much respect for so many women (for giving birth),” Williams told Stellar magazine in a new cover story.

“I am about to be a real woman now, you know? It’s going to be something incredibly impressive to go through.”

Many didn’t approve of the 35-year-old’s synopsis of what it means to be a real woman, considering many women either decide not to give birth or are unable to.

“So, in your view, I’m not a real woman because I CHOSE not to have children? #ChooseYourWordsCarefully,” one user questioned.

Others echoed this sentiment.

“Really unfortunate statement from her,” another user wrote. “All women are real, not just the ones who give birth.”

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