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Billie Jean King Background Information

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Billie Jean King was born November 22, 1943. While growing up in Long Beach, California, she was an exceptional soft ball player. She soon realized however that there was no signficant future for her in soft ball, so her parents introduced her to the sport of tennis.  She became one of the most inspirational tennis athletes in the world. In 1967 she was selected as "Outstanding Female Athlete of the World". She would later become Sports Illustrated "Sportsperson of the year" in 1972, and in 1973 she was awarded "Female Athlete of the year". She was the first female athlete to win over $100,000 prize money in one season.  She was very outspoken when it came to women and sports and she fought for womens right to earn equal pay as men in sports. King is also known for her anti-sexism in sports and society. In 1973, during the "Battle of the Sexes," She defeated Bobby Riggs, winning 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in a match the London Sunday Times called "the drop shot and volley heard around the world" This really set the bar for womens sports and changed it for the better forever. During her career she won 12 grand slam singles titles, 16 Grand Slam women's doubles titles and 11 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. King was also the first female athlete to come out as a lesbian. When her sexual preference became public, King immediately lost all sponsorships and lost all endorsements including all the money that came from contracts. 

 

On August 12, 2009, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. She was awarded this because of her work advocating the rights of Women, Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people. The presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award in the United States. 

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Billie Jean King

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This article, along with all the others on this page, really do a great job of summarizing just how important Billie jean King was and is today. The article gives you a good idea how the tennis world was affected by her contributions to the sport. 

She is a pioneer and a breaker of boundaries. She described herself as a "Shero". She has been a positive role model for not only the girls in sports but in life altogether. Her outspoken ways towards women rights and equality has touched this world with such grace and has changed this world forever. 

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ESPN.com: Billie Jean won for all women

ESPN.com: Billie Jean won for all women | Billie Jean King | Scoop.it

This article really gives people a good understanding just how important Billie Jean King was to tennis and to sports in general. While she had defeated many great women tennis players, her most important and remember tennis match was against, 55 year old, Bobby Riggs.

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Billie Jean King vs Judy Tegart

At the 1969 Wimbledon Championships, Billie Jean King defeated Judy Tegart in the quarterfinals, a rematch of the 1968 final. King came close to losing this ...
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Amazon.com: The autobiography of Billie Jean King

Amazon.com: The autobiography of Billie Jean King (9780246117922): Billie Jean King: Books...
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King fights for women, humanity

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Billie Jean King, who has dedicated her time to being an athlete, entrepreneur and activist, says we must empower women, not just for their sake, but for all humanity's sake.

 

"It's like, I just got a load of clothes done, but I still have to fold them. And that will be the challenge." This quote is a great analogy to Billie Jean King's humanitarian success. She feels as though her achievements alone aren't enough to change the world but to have an active role in womens rights around the world not only on the court. The quote actually increases in resonance becuase the laundry is never done, it always needs to be done and repeated much like how womens rights are. It is something you continue promoting becuase the world isn't equal so she pursues equality constitently. "I've been saying since the beginning of 21st century that this is the century of women. People are finally understanding that until you bring women out of poverty, until you stop discounting them, and treating them like slaves humanity can't move forward." Those are the strong words spoken by King which strongly support why she works so hard for the progress of women's rights.

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Billie Jean King, Tennis Pioneer (Greatest Sports Legends)

Watch the historic moment at the 1971 US Open in Forest Hills, New York, when then-budding tennis legend Billie Jean King beat Chris Evert to win the women's...

 

 

Billie Jean King was a competitive athlete who was able to show her skills on the tennis court. She was " the most dynamic and prolific winner to ever play at Wimbledon". In the 22 years she participated in matches at Wimbledon starting in 1961, she lost a total of 41 matches but won a an impressive 224 matches which 74 were doubles, 95 were singles, and 55 mixed wins. This was a feat only achieved three other times in the open era of tennis. Her record is unmatched by any women's tennis player. 

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Bibliography

Works Cited

 

Schwartz, Larry. "Billie Jean King for Women." ESPN.com. Disney, n.d. Web. 12 Jan 2012. 

<http://espn.go.com/sportscentury/features/00016060.html>.

 

Voepel, Mechelle. "King Dedicated to Empowering Women." ESPN.com. Disney, 3 Feb. 2012.

Web. 12 Jan. 2012 <http://sports.espn.go.com/ncw/columns/story?colmnist=voepel_mechelle&amp;id=4883650&gt;.

 

The Women's Conference. "Why WE honor her." The Women's Conference. N.p., n.d. Web. 12

Jan. 2012. <http://www.womensconference.org/billie-jean-king-2/>. 

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