The 2017 US Open champion, Sloane Stephens, quoted Michelle Williams - recently awarded with an Emmy award -, on Instagram after the actress gave an impressive speech about the payment inequalities that exist between men and women – especially black ones.
Michelle Williams won the Emmy for the best lead actress in a limited series or television movie for Fosse/Verdon. Here is a short resume of what the movie is about, as described on IMDB: “Spanning five decades, "Fosse/Verdon" explores the singular romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon (played by Michelle).
Bob is a visionary filmmaker and one of the theater's most influential choreographers and directors, and Gwen is the greatest Broadway dancer of all time. Only Bob can create the groundbreaking musicals that allow Gwen to showcase her greatness.
Only Gwen can realize the unique vision in Bob's head. Together, they will change the face of American entertainment -- at a perilous cost”. "The next time a woman, and especially a woman of color - because she stands to make 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white male counterpart - tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her, believe her.
Because one day she may stand in front of you and say thank you for allowing her to succeed because of her workplace environment and not in spite of it”, was the part of Williams’ speech that made Stephens share it to her followers.
Regarding tennis, it’s not the fairest sport – considering the payment equality matter -, and neither is the cheapest. Prizes for men continue to be significantly greater - even though the gap has seen improvements in the past decades -, while the costs have remained pretty high for anyone to practice it.
Stephens gave her opinion on the above in The Grio. “Of course, who that notion affects the most are African-Americans, Hispanics, etc. That’s just how it is and how it’s always been seen. So, I think being able to show people that it’s not just a rich sport and that anyone can play as long as the opportunity, the passion, the drive and hunger are there, there’s space for everyone to be a part”.