Serena Williams calls out racism in American health care
She encourages women to speak to their doctors about pregnancy risks
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CELEBRITY Serena Williams
Champion athlete Serena Williams is a vocal advocate for both race and women's rights. Williams is calling out the American health care system for a lack of education surrounding pregnancy for black women.
“Doctors aren’t listening to us, just to be quite frank,” Williams said, according to Teen Vogue. “We’re dying, three times more likely. And knowing that going in, some doctors not caring as much for us, it’s heartbreaking.”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has found that black women are three to four times more likely to have fatal complications during childbirth. Williams urges women to speak up about these facts and have doctors address specific safety measures that can be put in place.
“Be comfortable with having uncomfortable conversations, like we deserve to be paid what a guy does. We deserve to be treated fairly the same way,” Williams said.
As a recent mother, Williams knows the importance of having a health care staff that understands individual needs and circumstances. While she has the privilege of wealth and public exposure, Williams is speaking out for women around the country that are suffering from inequality.
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