It’s widely known that Serena Williams is a staunch feminist.
But the tennis star, who is heavily pregnant with her and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian’s first child, has angered several women on Twitter after saying that giving birth will make her a “real woman.”
In an interview with the Herald Sun, the 35-year-old commented: “I have so much respect for so many women [for giving birth].”
“I am about to be a real woman now, you know? It’s going to be something incredibly impressive to go through.”
Women quickly took to social media to point out that you can be a ‘real woman’ without having a baby.
Others who are unable to have children due to certain medical conditions were even more furious at the comments.
One woman who lost her womb to cancer tweeted the following:
Williams also angered the transgender community who were appalled that such a prominent figure could say something so ‘thoughtless’.
People who had transitioned from male to female pointed out that “simply identifying as a woman” was enough to make you a real woman – not the sum of your body parts.
There’s no word from Williams’ camp just yet but we suspect she may be regretting her choice of words.