World’s No. 1 doubles tennis player explains why questions on her ‘settling down’ are sexist, Indian tennis star and the world’s number one doubles player, Sania Mirza, has just released her autobiography Ace Against Odds. During a TV interview to publicise the book, she was asked about her plans for motherhood and ‘settling down’.
“Amidst all the celebrityhood, when is Sania going to settle down? Is it going to be in Dubai? Is it going to be in any another country? What about motherhood? Building a family? I don’t see that in the book. It seems like you don’t want to retire just yet to settle down,” veteran journalist and news anchor Rajdeep Sardesai asked Mirza.
Mirza responded “You don’t think I am settled? You sound disappointed that I am not choosing motherhood over being number one in the world at this point of time. That’s one of the questions that as women, we have to face all the time. First is marriage, then is motherhood. Unfortunately, that’s when we are settled and no matter how many Wimbledons we win or number ones in the world we become, we don’t become ‘settled’.”
Sardesai went on apologise for the question and admitted that he would never ask something like this to a male athlete. At the end of the interview, Mirza has some more powerful words on sexism. “I feel very strongly about equality,” she said. “I hope that few years from now, a girl, when she’s 2, isn’t asked the question about when she’s going to have a child when she is number one in the world.”