Billie Jean King

Title

Billie Jean King

Subject

Tennis professional

Description

Star tennis player who helped integrate athletics and increase women's pay

Creator

Amy French

Source

Image: Wiki Commons

Birth Date

1943

Birthplace

Long Beach, California, USA

Occupation

Professional athlete

Biographical Text

King is a world-class professional tennis player having won numerous titles and championships. She is an ardent advocate for gender equality and her win in the "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match against Bobby Riggs in 1973 has greatly forwarded the way that society views female athletes. She has battled for social equality both on and off the tennis court. In 2009, King was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work advocating for the rights of women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

Bibliography

For an audio recording on Billie Jean King, Katherin Switzer, and Title IX, listen to "Education, Athletics, and Title IX" by Amy French: http://www.delta.edu/socsci/history/this-moment-in-time.aspx

Files

Billie_Jean_King_Cover_Photo.jpg

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Date Added
June 8, 2014
Collection
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Item Type
Person
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Citation
Amy French, “Billie Jean King,” Women Who Dared, accessed August 18, 2018, https://womenwhodared.omeka.net/items/show/12.