“You can’t have just one type of person in the room…”

Serena Williams has long been an advocate for equality. Using her voice on social media, during press conference and via a number of Nike campaigns, she has always been one of the loudest voices in sport

In a recent interview with essentiallysport.com she explained why it is important that women don’t just surround themselves by other women, but also by strong men:

I feel like I talk about women and empowering women and that’s my mission especially after having a daughter but I always try to make it clear that the biggest influencer in my life is my dad. We’re really close still and if he goes like two days without calling me I get really nervous. Where are you, why haven’t you called me, are you okay?”

She then explained why having a strong man in their lives is essential for every woman. It helps in achieving a diversity of opinions.

“And it’s really important for me and women to have a strong man in their lives. Whether it’s their father or someone else. But I just feel like it’s diversity, it’s diversity all over again. You can’t have just one type of person in the room, you want people to diversify that and everyone talks about diversity and it’s not just in color but it’s also in sex as well. So, you want to diversify that and I have a lot of strong men in my life like my dad and my husband. Patrick as well, he’s been my coach for a number of years.”

The interesting thing is that all these men are surrounded by women. That’s what makes them more respectful of all females.