This Women's History Month, Venus Williams proves strength has no gender

Venus Williams is surrounded by women. She is one of five sisters, one of the all-time greats of women's tennis and has launched her own women's fashion line. She's surely no stranger to strong, resilient ladies -- herself included.

And that's one thing she wants to make clear: strength has no gender.

"I firmly believe in that," Williams told "Strength is strength, resilience is resilience."

This Women's History Month, Williams is partnering with Brawny to empower women from all walks of life, all around the world. The iconic Brawny Man is stepping aside throughout March to instead celebrate strong women everywhere.

"We have something very exciting happening with having a female on the packaging," Williams said of Brawny's campaign.

Women's History Month first began in 1986 and, after many petitions, was officially declared country-wide in 1987. Resilient and inspirational women have been celebrated for all 31 days of March ever since.

"There are so many amazing women in so many different fields," Williams said of the women featured in Brawny's #StrengthHasNoGender campaign. "As an athlete, I'm really happy to be in that company, too."

Since becoming a professional tennis player in 1994, Venus Williams has racked up an incredible seven Grand Slam Singles titles, 14 Grand Slam Doubles titles alongside sister Serena (including Wimbledon last year) and four Olympic gold medals. She has also launched an interior design firm, V Starr Interiors, and her clothing line, EleVen.

That kind of success doesn't come without plenty of hard work and support.

"My older sisters have been very wonderful women and strong role models for me," she said, adding that younger sister Serena is "not only influencing me, but pretty much the world."

Especially when in competition with her sister or the other well-known women in tennis, Williams stresses that women need to "empower each other by example."

The same can be said for the corporate world, where women have historically had fewer opportunities than men.

"It's very similar [to tennis]. You put a ton of work into it -- a ton of dedication, a lot of preparation, and you learn a lot from the end result," Williams said of being a businesswoman. "It's constant improvement."

"I wish I was perfect but I'm always learning," she added with a laugh.

Venus Williams through her career
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Venus Williams through her career
SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 02: Venus Williams of the U.S. returns the ball to Kristina Mladenovic of France during the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy-2017 tennis tournament match on February 2, 2017 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Il'ja Smirnov/Kommersant via Getty Images)
Tennis prodigy Venus Williams, 14 , of Pompano Beach, Florida, waits to take the court in Oakland, October 27. She will make her professional debut at the WTA Tour tournament in Oakland, on October 31, taking advantage of a soon-to-be defunct rule that admits 14-year-olds to the pro ranks
Venus Williams of the United States backhands a second set volley with Martina Hingis of Switzerland on March 23 during the third round of the Lipton Championships. Williams lost to Hingis in straight sets 6-4 6-2. SPORT TENNIS
Venus Williams (L) of the United States and sister Serena Williams laugh as they celebrate their doubles win at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows September 12, 1999. The Williams sisters defeated Sandrine Testud of France and Chandra Rubin of the United States 4-6 6-1 6-4 to win the title. PJ
Venus Williams of the USA smiles after winning her match against Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand at the French Open at Roland Garros stadium June 1st. Venus Williams won 6-2 6-2. JCK/WS
Venus Williams of the US is all smiles as she poses for photographers with the trophy after defeating [Lindsay Davenport] in the final, July 8. Williams won the match 6-3 7-6 to take the title.
Venus Williams of the United States returns to Nathalie Tauziat of France during their match at the U.S. Open in New York September 5, 2000. PJ/SV
U.S. second world ranking tennis player Venus Williams flashes a smile as she holds up the trophy after winning the final against her compatriot Meghann Shaughnessy at the "Betty Barclay Cup 2001" in Hamburg May 6, 2001. Williams won in straight sets 6-3 6-0. CHA/CRB
Venus Williams of the U.S.A. reacts after winning her third round match against Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova at the Australian Open in Melbourne January 18, 2002. Williams won in three sets 3-6 6-0 6-4. REUTERS/Mark Baker MDB/RCS
Venus Williams of the U.S. serves during her match against Russia's Elena Bovina during the Trilogy Tennis Tournament, The Collins Cup, at the Royal Dublin Stadium in Ireland December 7, 2002. REUTERS/Paul McErlane PM/NMB/CMC
Tennis star Venus Williams applauds Reebok Human Rights Award winner [Christian Mukosa, a lawyer and human rights monitor in the Kivu provinces of the Congo], as she waits to present him his award during ceremonies in Boston, April 10, 2003. The awards are given annually to young human rights activists under the age of thirty from all over the world.
Venus Williams of the U.S. returns to Belgium's Kim Clijsters in their women's singles semi-final match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 3, 2003. Williams won the match 4-6 6-3 6-1. REUTERS/Ian Hodgson REUTERS IH/ASA
Venus Williams (R) shows pictures to Billie Jean King (L) during the Federations Cup match in Portoroz, April 25, 2004. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic SZ
U.S tennis players Serena (L) and Venus Williams smile during a children's tennis practice session on court at Wimbledon in south west london, June 17, 2004. The Wimbledon championships begin on June 21.
Venus Williams celebrates after winning her quarterfinal match against Serena Williams at the Nasdaq 100 Open. Venus Williams celebrates after winning her quarterfinal match against her sister Serena Williams at the Nasdaq-100 Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, March 29, 2005. Venus won the match 6-1 7-6 (8-6.) The Williams sisters have meet 14 times, Serena has won five of the last six and leads the series 7-6. REUTERS/Jason Arnold
Venus Williams of the U.S reacts during her match against [Bulgaria's Sesil Karatantcheva] in the third round of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros May 27, 2005. [Karatantcheva won 6-3 1-6 6-1.]
Venus Williams arrives during a ceremony to honor Billie Jean King at the U.S. Open in New York, August 28, 2006. The tennis center was renamed the Billie Jean King USTA Tennis Center. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES)
Venus Williams of the U.S. returns a shot to Maria Kirilenko of Russia during women's single final at the Korea Open tennis tournament in Seoul September 30, 2007. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak (SOUTH KOREA)
Venus Williams of the U.S. returns the ball to Elena Dementieva of Russia during their quarter-final match at the WTA Dubai Tennis Championships February 19, 2009. REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)
Venus Williams of the U.S. returns the ball to Samantha Stosur of Australia during their Madrid Open tennis quarter-final match May 14, 2010. REUTERS/Susana Vera (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
U.S. tennis player Venus Williams smiles during a news conference at the Sports Congress and Exhibition at Aspire Dome in Doha November 13, 2011. Williams said Sunday she has changed her diet following the autoimmune disease that kept her out of this year's U.S. Open and is hoping the new approach will propel her back to the top of the women's tennis rankings. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad (QATAR - Tags: SPORT TENNIS SOCIETY)
Serena Williams (L) and her sister Venus Williams, of the U.S., pose with their gold medals during the presentation ceremony for the women's doubles tennis at the All England Lawn Tennis Club during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 5, 2012. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT TENNIS)
Venus Williams of the U.S. hits a return shot to Maria Kirilenko of Russia during their first round match in the 2012 Cincinnati Open tennis tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio, August 14, 2012. REUTERS/John Sommers II (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
Venus Williams of the U.S. reacts after winning the match point during a women's singles match against Simona Halep of Romania at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Yuya Shino (JAPAN - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
Venus Williams of the U.S. holds the trophy after defeating Alize Cornet of France in their women's singles final match at the WTA Dubai Tennis Championships, February 22, 2014.REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
Venus Williams of the U.S. smiles after defeating Anett Kontaveit of Estonia during their fourth round match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 6, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 29: Venus Williams attends the Ocean Drive Magazine and Roche Bobois celebrate the December Issue with Heidi Klum on November 29, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sergi Alexander/Getty Images)
Venus Williams of the US celebrates her victory against Coco Vandeweghe of the US during their women's singles semi-final match on day 11 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 26, 2017. / AFP / PETER PARKS / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: Ternnis star Venus Williams on the court during the 22nd Annual Arthur Ashe Kids' Day at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2017 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 24: Tennis player Venus Williams plays badminton during the 2017 Lotte New York Palace Invitational at Lotte New York Palace on August 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 24: Professional tennis player Venus Williams attends the 2017 Lotte New York Palace Invitational at Lotte New York Palace on August 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for LOTTE New York Palace)
CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 16: Venus Williams of the United States hits a forehand during a match in the Western & Southern Open on August 16, 2017 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, OH. (Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 7: Venus Williams of the United States prepares to return a serve against Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania during Day 3 of the Rogers Cup at Aviva Centre on August 7, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 24: Tennis player Venus Williams attends the 2017 Mylan World TeamTennis Washington Kastles vs Philadelphia Freedoms match at Michael J. Hagan Arena at St. Joseph's University on July 24, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 15: Venus Williams of The United States in action against Garbine Muguruza of Spain in the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on July 15, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

As far as the roadblocks she's faced on the way to success, Williams says she actually relished those difficult times.

"That's part of life," she said. "Everyone faces resistance in some way. Some of us have a little bit more resistance than others, but that's the best part -- enjoying that battle."

"When you get to where you're going, we always remember the adversity that we faced and you don't always remember what was easy. That's the best part of it all, knowing that you overcame. There's no better feeling."

Williams and Brawny are urging people to share the stories of the strong women in their life using the hashtag #StrengthHasNoGender on social media all throughout Women's History Month. You can see some of those posts below:

Brawny's #StrengthHasNoGender campaign
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Brawny's #StrengthHasNoGender campaign
Joined @Brawnybrand with @cnn to celebrate strong and resilient women! Remember to always chase your dreams and don’t ever hold back #StrengthHasNoGender #Ad
Woke up feeling like the black Brawny........WOman. #strengthhasnogender #WomanPower #WomensHistoryMonth 💪🏽
The news over the weekend was that there's a woman on the Brawny paper towel packaging for Women's History Month. I do love the Brawny Man, but it is so cool to see a Lumber Jill on the packaging! I'm reposting my Lumber Jill moment and giving a shout out to all of my lady friends who are killing it daily, working hard 👊🏼 You inspire! 💪🏼 . . #strengthhasnogender #brawny #lumberjill #workhard #womenshistorymonth #badaxe #lumberjack #axe #getoutside #likeagirl #mondaymotivation #brawnyman @brawnybrand
#strengthhasnogender #woman Teaching our daughters to be strong and together we will accomplish everything! #womanstrong #singleparent #safari
Anything you can do, I can do better... #lvsl #lasvegassportsleagues #flagfootball #defensiveline #bullrush #strengthhasnogender
EXTRA EXTRA! There is a new "Brawny Man" in town....and she is a woman :) I am SO PROUD of this campaign and so excited to have gotten to be on a team that brought it to life! Check it out and share your #strengthhasnogender story (that gets put on a cool digital paper towel and can be shared) or give a shout out to a strong and resilient woman in your life! Grab an exclusive and limited time pack of paper towels that features the Brawny Woman, too (at your nearest Walmart)!! I LOVE MY JOB!! (and I LOVE all the videos of the women they chose!) I know some pretty awesome women, too! #STRENGTHHASNOGENDER
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Until you're ready to look foolish, you'll never have the possibility of being great. Cher. #celebratewomenshistorymonth #strengthhasnogender #thrivenow #alltheway #cousinsareyourfirstfriends
🚺 . . . . . #WomensHistoryMonth #Women #Woman #Feminist #Feminism #Sisterhood #TransWomen #CisWomen #SistersNotCisisters #IntersectionalFeminism #IntersectionalFeminist #NYC #NewYorkCity #MTA #MTAArt #Art #ArtIsEverywhere #StrengthHasNoGender

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