1.What does being a feminist mean to you?
Being a feminist means believing in gender equality and actively working to achieve it.
2. In 2022, is it still necessary to “empower” women?
I believe so, especially in sports. It’s important to empower the youth to have access to dream-making opportunities.
3. Who are the female role models in your life?
My mother and grandmothers are my biggest role models and mentors.
4. Is there anything you wish women would do differently?
Women should continue to seek more leadership roles. We are educated and have vast experience, so we need the opportunities to prove that we can have positive outcomes in whatever endeavor we pursue.
5. How can we better support each other as women?
Show up and support. Tune in to watch female tennis matches and attend women’s soccer games. Show that there is an interest in women’s sports!
6. How can we invite men and non-binary people to the table, to be our allies?
Learn to speak their language, for me it’s through tennis. We can communicate and learn from one another on a mutual platform and start an open dialogue.
Rapid fire questions!
A woman you look up to: I can’t just pick one; all the women in my family (mom, grandmothers, sisters).
The best lesson a woman taught you: To not doubt myself, look myself in the mirror and say I am strong, intelligent, and independent. I will not let doubters put me down. I'm going to achieve my dreams no matter what.
Your favourite female public figure: Billie Jean King
Your favourite female character in a book or movie: Wonder Woman? Because she shows strength, compassion, beauty and intelligence.
Your favourite quote by a woman: "Champions keep playing until they get it right." - Billie Jean King
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