After Serena Williams was penalized a game for arguing with the chair umpire, Serena stated that men have said far worse things than she did without being penalized a full game. People are wondering if Serena were a man standing on the court would there even be an issue? Is there a double standard in sports, business, and in everyday interactions regarding how men and women communicate during unpleasant confrontations?
1. Serena had a conviction and she spoke up. Oftentimes women in such situations won’t speak up and won’t defend themselves because they are overly concerned about what other people will think. When you don't speak up for yourself, it only gets you - and the other women around you - more of the same. It takes courage to use your voice in powerful ways.
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