Serena Williams Wants All Women To Know They Can Win (Video)

by Niki McGloster
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Serena Williams has had a stellar year.

Not only has her incredible athleticism shined on the court, but her star power also soared.

Despite facing harsh body-shaming and a surprising Grand Slam upset in recent months, Williams was named Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year.

On December 15, Williams accepted her award with a powerful, inspiring speech urging women everywhere to achieve their goals against all odds.

She said,

My hope by winning this award [is that I] can inspire many, many, many more women to stand right here on this podium and accept another Sportsperson of the Year. So yes, ladies, it can be done.

It's a message we can all take with us into the new year.

Citations: Watch: Serena Williams accepts SI's 2015 Sportsperson of the Year award (Sports Illustrated)