||Popular Culture/Sports, Recreation, and Leisure
The author shares the life stories of Venus and Serena Williams, who charged onto center court in professional tennis at the end of the 20th century with a force never before seen in the sport. No other women tennis players have matched their strength, their speed, or their overall athleticism, and none have achieved the status and celebrity they have gained on and off the court as they powered to the number one and two rankings in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). Venus and Serena Williams represent in many ways a shift in attitudes concerning women in sports, particularly African American women. By playing tough tennis, they conveyed to the public that it was acceptable for women to be strong, to have muscles, and to compete.
When Venus and Serena first appeared in the public eye, their hair bound in beads bespoke their ethnic pride, the braces on their teeth belied their youth, and their grit and determination enabled them to withstand challenges concerning the attitudes of these young African American women in what had traditionally been a white-washed sport. This book shares their stories, and it provides a way to consider the impact of race, gender, and culture, and the influence these have through sport in shaping popular culture. Includes a timeline and a bibliography of print and electronic sources for additional research.
- Table of Contents
Timeline: Venus Williams
Timeline: Serena Williams
Knowing the Possibilities in Life
The Williams Family
Controversies and Challenges
Fashion and Celebrity
How Big a Deal It Is
Appendix I: Grand Slam Events
Appendix II: Glossary of Terms
Appendix III: Venus Williams' Records and Awards
Appendix IV: Serena Williams' Records and Awards
- Series Description
Ideal for student research assignments, this series features interesting and important figures—contemporary and historical—drawn from a broad range of curriculum subject areas, including history, science, politics, literature, and the arts. The series fills a gap in reference collections, offering full-length, engagingly written biographies that are enjoyable to read, based on authoritative research, and fully documented. Each volume includes:
- Coverage from birth to death or the present day
- Timeline highlighting significant biographical events and career contributions
- Portfolio of photographs depicting the subject at different stages of life
- Bibliography of print and electronic resources recommended for further study
From Bob Marley and Dr. Dre to Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, the Greenwood Biographies spotlight the people who shape our world.