Serena Williams has written an open letter addressed to “all incredible women who strive for excellence” for Porter Magazine’s Incredible Women of 2016 issue. In the letter, she encourages women to follow their dreams and confronts the problems female athletes face to this day. “My dream wasn’t like that of an average kid, my dream was to be the best tennis player in the world. Not the best ‘female’ tennis player in the world,” she writes, arguing that women should be judged by their achievements and not by their gender. “I was fortunate to have a family that supported my dream and encouraged me to follow it,” she continues. “But as we know, too often women are not supported enough or are discouraged from choosing their path. I hope together we can change that. For me, it was a question of resilience. What others marked as flaws or disadvantages about myself — my race, my gender — I embraced as fuel for my success. I never let anything or anyone define me or my potential. I controlled my future.” Williams adds that she is grateful to have gone through the highs and lows that come with success, and is hoping her story could inspire other young women to pursue their own ambitions. “We must continue to dream big, and in doing so, we empower the next generation of women to be just as bold in their pursuits.”
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