Serena Williams’s treatment shows how hard it is to be a black woman at work | Carys Afoko

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The fact that the tennis player manages to overcome the discrimination she faces every day is an inspiration

When I have a bad day at work, I think of Serena Williams. I tell myself that if she can do her job then I can do mine. To be clear, I am not a professional athlete – I struggle to walk up more than one flight of stairs without losing my breath. And, no, I’m not the mother of a small and adorable child, I just about keep my houseplants alive most weeks. The thing Williams and I have in common is that we are black women who work for a living. And being a black woman at work comes with a specific set of challenges.

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