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Issa Rae (First black woman to create and star in a premium cable series)

Oprah Winfrey (First woman to own and produce her own talk show)

Serena Williams (First tennis player to win 23 Grand Slam singles titles in the open era)

Shonda Rhimes (First woman to create three hit shows with more than 100 episodes each)

Ava DuVernay (First black woman to direct a film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar)

Gabby Douglas (First American gymnast to win solo and team all-around gold at one Olympics)

Dr. Mae Jemison (First woman of color in space)

Mo’ne Davis (First girl to pitch a shutout and win a game in a Little League World Series)

Patricia Bath (First person to perform laserphaco cataract surgery and the first African-American female doctor to receive a medical patent)

Aretha Franklin (First woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

Ursula Burns (First black woman to run a Fortune 500 company)

Rita Dove (First black U.S. poet laureate)

Loretta Lynch (First black woman to become U.S. Attorney General)

#TheyAreTheFirst #BlackExcellence


Serena won her first Grand Slam at 17. She’s part of the only pair to win a Career Doubles Golden Slam.

She was the 5th woman to hold all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously.

She was the only player in history to win three Grand Slam singles titles by beating top two ranked players.

She has the most hardcourt grand slam singles titles. She’s the oldest player to hold all four Grand Slam singles titles.

She’s the first player ever to win 80+ matches at 3 of the 4 grand slam events. Has “Roger” done that?

Serena greatest athlete ever! Definitely no one close in tennis.

Venus Williams (b. 1980) is regarded as one of the best tennis players in history. She was World No. 1 for a total of 11 weeks throughout her career, and was the first African American to reach that spot in the Open Era.

She is one of only seven women who have ever reached No. 1 in both singles and doubles. She has won seven Grand Slam singles titles, and fourteen Grand Slam doubles. She has won four Olympic gold medals, and holds the record for most Olympic medals by a tennis player, male or female.

Milestones achieved by Roger Federer during Wimbledon 2017

  • 19 Grand Slam Singles Titles (Most by any Men’s Player)
  • 8 Wimbledon Titles (Most by any Men’s Player)
  • Oldest Men’s Champion at Wimbledon in the Open Era (Previously A. Ashe: 32)
  • 10,000 Aces (3rd man to do so)
  • Not dropping a set during the whole tournament (Last man to do so was in 1976)

It’s hard to realise the enormity of history when we’re in the moment when it’s happening, but there was a neat little twist to Serena Williams’ record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam singles title of the Open era. For the presentation ceremony, she donned some specially-made shoes with a big number – 23 – on them made by her clothing supplier. But the shoes aren’t new – they were made five months ago in expectation that the younger Williams would win her 23rd major at the US Open. She seemed a shoo-in to break Steffi Graf’s record of 22 at Flushing Meadows, but lost to Karolina Pliskova in the semifinals. “Those shoes have a lot of air miles on them, they’re like platinum members,” she said. “They flew all the way to the [US] Open and all the way here. I had no idea it was happening, so I guess they’ve been waiting for this moment for a while.”

Photo by: Ben Solomon/Tennis Australia

Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked her world No. 1 in singles on seven occasions, from 2002 to 2017. She is the only tennis player in history (man or woman) to have won singles titles at least six times in three of the four Grand Slam tournaments, and the only player ever to have won two of the four Majors seven times each (7 Wimbledon titles and 7 Australian Open titles). Williams is also the only tennis player to have won ten Grand Slam singles titles in two separate decades. She has won an all-time record of 13 Grand Slam singles titles on hardcourt. She also holds an all-time record for the most singles matches won at the Grand Slams (man or woman) with 316 matches (through the 2017 Australian Open). Serena has also won four Olympic gold medals, one in women’s singles and three in women’s doubles—an all-time record shared with her sister, Venus. She has won the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year award three times (2003, 2010, 2016), and in December 2015, she was named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine. Williams’ accomplishments and success in professional tennis have led some commentators, players, and sports writers to regard her as the greatest female tennis player of all time.



In 1961, Billie Jean King and Karen Hantze Susman made sports headlines by becoming the youngest pair to win the Wimbledon women’s doubles titles. Throughout her tennis career, she went on to win 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles, 16 women’s doubles and 11 mixed doubles titles.

She was adamant about fighting for equal pay for women within the tennis world. In 1973, she founded the Women’s Tennis Association, and while at the height of her career, she threatened to boycott the U.S. Open if the pay inequality was not addressed. This led to the 1973 U.S. Open becoming the first tournament to offer equal cash prizes for both women and men.

Later that year, she competed against Bobby Riggs in a historic “Battle of The Sexes” match. In a practically cartoonish gesture of male chauvinism, the 1939 Wimbledon champion insisted that the women’s tennis game was so inferior that, even at 55 years old, he could beat the top female players. After Riggs easily defeated Australian champion Margaret Court, King accepted his challenge and proceeded to defeat him in front of an estimated television audience of 50 million viewers.

King’s influence extended beyond the court when, in 1981, a lawsuit filed by her former lover and personal assistant Marilyn Barnett outed her to the public. Though she may not have been prepared to discuss her sexuality at the time, she became the first prominent female professional athlete to openly acknowledge that she is a lesbian.

After divorcing her husband in 1987, King settled in with her life partner Ilana Kloss, and they remain together to this day. She has been very involved with the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and in 2009, President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work advocating for women and the LGBT community.



(*-as defined in the USA. photos very much not mine. happy belated international women’s day!) 

(from left to right) 

1. Althea Gibson (USA), 1927-2003. First person of color of any gender to win a Grand Slam (1956 French Open) and widely considered one of the greatest black female athletes. Five-time singles Grand Slam champion, six-time doubles champion, one-time mixed doubles champion. 
2. Venus Williams (USA), b.1980. Currently ranked no.31, former no.1. Seven-time singles Grand Slam champion, thirteen-time doubles Grand Slam champion, two-time mixed doubles Grand Slam champion, four-time Olympic gold medalist (one in singles; three in doubles). Led the movement for equal prize money for women at Wimbledon and sparked debates about racial prejudice in tennis after being unfairly punished for her hair beads. Was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, Sjogren’s Syndrome, in 2011, but still continues to play. 
3. Gabriela Sabatini (ARG) b.1970. 1988 Olympic silver medalist and Wimbledon doubles champion. Upset Steffi Graf to win the 1990 US Open and was the flagbearer for Argentina at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. 
4. Evonne Goolagong (AUS) b.1951. Seven-time singles Grand Slam champion, six-time doubles Grand Slam champion, one-time mixed doubles Grand Slam Champion. An Indigenous Australian of the Wiradjuri group, Goolagong should have been no.1 in the world for two weeks in 1976, but due to incompetent record-keeping this was not discovered until 2007, when the WTA honored her 31 years late. 
5. Maria Bueno (BRA), born 1939. Seven-time Grand Slam singles champion and Eleven-time Grand Slam doubles champion. In 1958, teamed up with Althea Gibson to win the Wimbledon doubles title. A former world no.1 in singles, she was the first woman to win all four doubles slams in one calendar year. 
6. Gigi Fernandez (left, USA/Puerto Rico), b.1964. Seventeen-time Grand Slam doubles champion, usually while paired with Natasha Zvereva. Became the first Puerto Rican woman to win an Olympic gold medal after pairing with Mary Joe Fernandez (no relation) to win doubles gold in 1988 and 1996. 
6. Mary Joe Fernandez (right, USA), b.1971. Two-time doubles Grand Slam champion and three-time singles Grand Slam finalist. Two-time Olympic gold medalist with Gigi Fernandez, and singles bronze medalist in 1992. Born to a Cuban mother and Spanish father in the Dominican Republic, she currently works in tennis broadcasting. 
7. Li Na (CHN), b.1982. Currently world no.2, the 2011 French Open and 2014 Australian Open champion. The first and only Asian national Grand Slam singles champion. In addition to being a ridiculously good tennis player, she is famous for her wit
8. Serena Williams (USA), b.1981. Currently world no.1. Seventeen-time singles Grand Slam champion, thirteen-time doubles Grand Slam champion, two-time mixed doubles Grand Slam champion and four-time Olympic gold medalist (one singles; three doubles). While playing alongside one another, Venus and Serena have never lost a doubles Grand Slam final. Beyonce also wrote Serena a fan letter

Williams has established herself as arguably the most dominant player in the history of women’s tennis during her two-decade career. But for all of her brilliance, she has looked up to Sharapova when it comes to endorsement earnings since Sharapova was dubbed the “It” girl after her 2004 Wimbledon victory. Much has been made of the disparity, and Sharapova’s 10-year run atop the world’s highest-paid female athletes. Race, corporate bias, likability and beauty are all part of the discussion in why Sharapova earns almost twice as much as Serena from endorsements and appearances, despite only one-quarter the singles Grand Slam wins.

Serena Williams Vs. Maria Sharapova: By The Numbers

racism … that’s what everything he listed as a cause is… racism. 

  • race - obvious. 
  • corporate bias - for whites (that’s racism).
  • likability - there’s no reason not to like her. she’s pleasant in interviews, but not a pushover. she wins. she’s passionate. she’s animated. she’s confident. she’s well-rounded. the issue is that those characteristics are only considered likeable if you aren’t Black or if you’re Black and not considered real competition. you must be entertaining, but not an actual competitive threat. (racism AND sexism tbh) 
  • beauty - based on eurocentric norms (racism)

so, while he tried not to make it all about race, it’s definitely ALL tied to racism. 

sometimes being 4 times as good isn’t even good enough. 

When someone asks if you’re a trend, you say “yes.”

  • In the news: Outrage over the treatment of black kids—and especially one terrified young woman—by white police officers in McKinney, Texas.

  • In sports: The unstoppable Serena Williams won her 20th Grand Slam singles title after beating the flu and Lucie Safarova—she’s now just two shy of the record. American Pharaoh was triple crowned King of the Horses.

  • In Tumblr stuff: Annie Leibovitz herself couldn’t capture anything as beautiful as MyVanityFairCover.

  • In TV: Only 90s kids will remember the successive waves of panic, nostalgia, relief, and more nostalgia when it was announced that Degrassi, the cherished teen soap opera, wasn’t being canceled after all. Also, sense8: the characters may have been genetically engineered by a Netflix algorithm, but man is it pretty.

  • In award shows: Norman Reedus drank a beer with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Carrie Underwood Appreciation Festival (known colloquially as the CMT Awards). Nothing like that ever happens at the Tonys

  • In movies: If there’s something weird (and it don’t look good), who you gonna call? Chris Hemsworth! Who will promptly put your call through to the Ghostbusters. All you clever girls made Jurassic World fan art. And Johnny Depp had a Pirates of the Caribbean-themed birthday. 

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(Image description: A middle aged Indigenous Australian woman holds her 1980 Wimbledon women’s singles trophy.)

Evonne Goolagong Cawley: Why she kicks ass

  • She is an Australian former World No. 1 female tennis player. She was one of the world’s leading players in the 1970s and early 1980s, when she won 14 Grand Slam titles: seven in singles (four Australian Open, two Wimbledon and one French Open), six in women’s doubles, and one in mixed doubles.
  • As an indigenous Australian during the 196o's she was not permitted to play on tennis courts in Australia. However, someone at a court saw her staring watching games the bushes and invited her in. She was immediately discovered by two tennis coaches as she began playing well that day.
  • She is the only mother to have won the Wimbledon title since before World War I - Shad a daughter in 1977, and won the 1980 Wimbledon title.
  • She was a member of the Board of the Australian Sports Commission from 1995 to 1997 and since 1997 has held the position of Sports Ambassador to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities. She was also appointed captain of the Australian Fed Cup team in 2002, and in 2003, she was winner for the Oceania region of the International Olympic Committee’s 2003 Women and Sports Trophy.
  • She also runs an annual “Goolagong National Development Camp”, with the aim of facilitating Aboriginal children playing competitive tennis.
  • She was awarded Australian of the Year in 1971, was appointed an MBE in 1972 and made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1982. She was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985, and inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in  In 1988.
I Hate When Commentators Underestimate Venus.

“It must be hard to play with the best tennis player in the world.”

I guess we forgot that Venus also knows what it’s like to be #1 in the world.

Venus and Serena win their 6th Wimbledon doubles title and 14th doubles overall. They are undefeated in Grand Slam doubles championships. @ESPNTennis. 

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