“Having Experienced Inequality”: Venus Williams Leads the Way by Supporting Yet Another Noble Campaign

Published 03/19/2021, 5:30 PM EDT
Venus Williams of the United States celebrates after winning match point in her first round match against Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania during day two of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


Former World No.1 Venus Williams didn’t get a great start in the 2021 tennis season. She lost to Sara Errani in straight sets in the second round of the Australian Open 2021. Venus found it really hard to compete in the match and her opponent completely thrashed her in an almost one-sided contest.

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Although Venus Williams is not able to perform well in tennis, she is continuing to serve as an icon, especially for women off the court. She recently became a part of the ‘Privilege Tax’ initiative and asked people to be a part of it as well. In a recent interview, she talked about the details of the initiative and described its merits.

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“The Privilege Tax initiative really acknowledges, especially during women’s history months, that…there’s so much work to do. So the Privilege Tax is an initiative started by ‘Eleven’ and we’ve got amazing partners including Credobeauty, Nordstorm, TB12, so many great partners that are helping us to raise money,” said Venus in the interview.

The initiative aims to raise capital that will be used to uplift vulnerable girls and women. It is definitely a great step towards ending the vast wage gap between men and women as well.

Venus Williams appeals to tennis fans to donate for the noble cause

The 7-time Grand Slam champion also discussed how people can actually donate money. Interestingly, the initiative is not even asking much but just 19 cents to help the needy women.

Venus Williams of the United States celebrates defeating Laura Siegemund of Germany during her third round Women’s Singles match on Day Six of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2016, in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

“So on our website, you can go and click that check box to donate that 19 cents to make a difference. That money is all donated… It’s an organization that helps girls to be strong, bold, and powerful. We are starting to help the women at the grass-root level too, go ahead and rise up,” added the American legend.

Venus Williams also mentioned that the campaign is really close to her. She also talked about an incident where she faced inequality in tennis.

“It’s an awesome initiative. It’s really near and dear to me having experienced inequality. I mean that a girl just wanting to grow up at Wimbledon and getting there and realizing ‘Gosh, I’m not actually not paid equally, I’m paid less’,” concluded Venus.

Venus Williams has undoubtedly established herself as a personality who speaks for the rights of people. On the other hand, her fans hope that she’ll be back on the court soon and will play some exciting tennis again. Will Venus be able to win a title before bidding goodbye to the sport?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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