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Serena Williams Reveals How Pregnancy Has Affected Her Feminism

Serena revealed she doesn't want her child living under the same "stipulations" she faced.

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We all know that Serena Williams is a complete badass, who champions women at every opportunity.

Remember when she wrote an open letter to empower women? Or when she shut down John McEnroe's dismissive comments about her achievements? Or when she hoped to inspire women breaking into sport with this awards acceptance speech? Or when a reporter asked how she felt to be "one of the greatest female athletes of all time," and she responded: "I prefer "one of the greatest athletes of all time."? Or when she wrote an essay about the way in which the pay gap hits women of colour the hardest?

Well, Serena has now not only declared herself a proud feminist, but revealed that pregnancy has made her even more determined to fight for women's rights.

Serena, who is eight months pregnant, told Stellar:

There are barriers I hope to break so my baby, whether a boy or girl, won't have to live under those stipulations. I definitely am a feminist. I like to stick up for women and women's rights. So many things happen, and I just think: "Wow, why don't we have a chance?" If that makes me a feminist, I am proud to be one.

Her comments come just days after her fiancé Alexis Ohanian revealed that Serena believes she's having a girl – and her reasoning is perfect.

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Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Alexis explained:

We're going to be surprised [by the baby's gender] I will say this, though: We have our hunches. Obviously, she won the Australian Open while pregnant, and she remarked that she feels like it has to be a little girl. She said that everything that little baby went through and handled like a champ, only a woman could be strong enough to take on.


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