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UW-Madison's Schirmer pens column for

July 21, 2017
UW-Madison's Eleni Schirmer authored an article for about athlete Venus Williams' perseverance on and off the tennis court.

Schirmer is a doctoral student with the School of Education's departments of Educational Policy Studies and Curriculum and Instruction. Her writing has appeared in Jacobin, The Progressive, Labor Notes and Education Review.

In the article, Schirmer gives some context to Williams' mindset of self-assurance, as well as some of the ​specific obstacles Williams has faced in her career, being a black woman. Williams has faced not only racism from tennis fans, the media and the tennis establishment, but has also dealt with struggles off the court, such as an autoimmune disease.

"But what others see as a wall, Williams sees as a target. This is not only her success -- it's her method. Williams can't control where history has drawn lines, both on and off the court, but she can determine how hard she rushes past them," Schrimer writes.

Read the full article: "Venus Williams has the instinct to persevere"

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