The Women in Time’s Most Influential List 2011: Kim Clijsters

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I have to admit that I’ve never heard of Kim Clijsters before. And that I have no idea how to say her last name. But she’s the next woman on the list so let’s take a look at her.

  • She was a professional tennis player from Belgium who left to start a family.
  • After the birth of her daughter, she decided to go back to tennis.
  • She won two US open titles since her return, becoming the first mother since 1980 to win such a major title.
  • She won 41 Women’s Tennis Association titles and 4 Grand Slam titles (both singles).
  • She often volunteers to help out with charities.
  • She has received the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award not once but seven times.


I’m not sure about how much influence she has, but I think she should have more. She seems like she would be a really good role model for little girls to look up to. She’s a good sport, she gives back, she balances work and family – all great things that we need more of in our media.


Other influential women from Time’s Most Influential List 2011 that I profiled include Major General Margaret Woodward, Maria Bashir, Mia Wasikowska, Esther Duflo, Felisa Wolfe-Simon, Oprah Winfrey, Hilary Clinton, Blake Lively, Kate Middleton, Michele Bachmann, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, Dilma Rousseff, Michelle Obama, Gabrielle Giffords, Aung San Suu KyiJennifer Egan, Amy Chua, Angela Merkel, and Amy Poehler.

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