Serena Williams revealed that her heroes have “changed” after having kids.
In [a conversation with Anna Wintourat the New York Fashion Week presentation for her clothing line, “S by Serena,” Williams said that her heroes “are moms because women are superheroes.”
“To have a baby and then have to go to work two or three weeks later or work a 9-5…I’m fortunate to not have to do that,” she said, acknowledging that her life is different from the vast majority of working mothers.
“I’m at a loss for words when I think of women who work day in and day out, providing for their families, when I know how hard it is for me to leave my daughter. I never felt that way until I became a mom. I think women need to be recognized,” she continued.
She also told Today that she is in awe of working moms.
“I think of what they do literally every single day to support their family and to be a rock for their family,” she said.
“And it helps me keep going. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think that women are just really amazing.”
The 38 year old is mother to daughter Olympia Ohanian Jr.
“The hardest part is walking out of the house while she’s crying because she wants to be with me. It’s very hard and makes me vulnerable and upset,” she said, speaking about her experience being a working mother while playing in the Australian Open.
“Even in Australia, my heart was aching when I left the door,” she revealed. “Just when you think you can’t do it anymore, you kind of close your eyes and go for it. We’re strong. We keep going and wake up the next day and smile like nothing ever happened. That’s just what we do.”
In an interview with Glamour, Williams revealed that she too suffered from the pressures of motherhood, saying “…no matter what I’ve heard, and no matter how many times people have told me, ‘You don’t have to be perfect,’ and I say, ‘I know that,’ every time [I still feel I] have to be perfect.”
“It’s just what us moms do, which makes me respect moms so much. My mom, and all the women out there who have done it before, I’m just like, ‘Wow, you guys are amazing’,” she said.
In an Instagram post, Williams shared the struggles of balancing work and motherhood.
“I am not sure who took this picture but Working and being a mom is not easy,” she wrote in the caption. “I am often exhausted, stressed, and then I go play a professional tennis match. We keep going. I am so proud and inspired by the women who do it day in and day out. I’m proud to be this baby’s mama.”
Williams’s words have struck a chord with many, including Renee Zellweger.