The spouse of tennis superstar Serena Williams, Alexis Ohanian, recently discussed the significance of fathers taking paternity leave during pregnancy, recognizing its importance after the birth of their daughter, Olympia.
As they prepare to become parents for the second time, parental leave holds great importance for Alexis. In a recent interview with Forbes, he emphasized his desire to establish equal opportunities for his daughter, stating that she should have the freedom to pursue whatever path she desires.
Alexis’s objective is to ensure that his daughter feels empowered to excel in any field, be it professional or domestic. He acknowledges the challenges women have historically faced and wishes to create an environment where men embrace their share of responsibilities.
He firmly believes that women have demonstrated their ability to overcome such challenges and expects men to rise to the occasion as well, as he aims to level the playing field for his daughter.
Expressing his commitment to gender equality, Alexis underscores that his efforts benefit women, irrespective of their aspirations regarding work. He acknowledges that women have been asked to navigate the complexities of both professional and personal spheres, and he is determined to alleviate these burdens.
Alexis looks to the modern era as a source of inspiration, expressing unwavering confidence in men’s capability to contribute equally, given the historical resilience exhibited by women.
During an interview with Vogue last August, Serena Williams opened up about various topics, including her thoughts on motherhood. Reflecting on the early stages of her career, Serena admitted that having children wasn’t initially on her mind.
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There were moments when she questioned whether it was appropriate to bring children into a world that seemed challenging. However, her perspective changed as she found tremendous support from her husband. Serena shared that her husband often describes her as practical, but she can’t deny the fact that she has spent very little time away from their daughter Olympia over the past five years.
Serena recalls a period when she was injured and how she eagerly anticipated seeing her daughter’s face every day after picking her up from school. Meanwhile, the Williams family received some joyous news. Serena took to her social media channels to announce her second pregnancy. Already blessed with a daughter named Olympia, born in 2017, Serena and her husband are undoubtedly filled with happiness and excitement for this new chapter in their lives.