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Billie Jean King: ‘As an athletic,’ winning Battle of the Sexes ‘meant nothing.’ Culturally, ‘it meant everything.’

Ahead of the 50th anniversary of Title IX, tennis star and activist Billie Jean King joins Andrea Mitchell to talk about her contributions to women’s rights in athletics and beyond, including her victory in the 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match. “For me, it was about protecting Title IX, which had just been passed the year before,” says King. “As an athletic, that feat meant nothing. But culturally and for social change, it meant everything.” After the match, she says “women would come up to me and say, I for the first time in my life have self confidence. I have enough courage to ask for a raise at work.”April 19, 2022.
TENNIS

Anna Deavere Smith Writing New Play About Billie Jean King

Click here to read the full article. A new play by Anna Deavere Smith about tennis icon Billie Jean King is in development, with Marc Bruni (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) set to direct. A reading in August is planned as part of the New York Stage and Film 2022 Summer Season. Love All is described as the story of “the rise of sports icon and trailblazer for equality Billie Jean King against a backdrop of the social upheaval and countercultural revolutions of the 1960s. A tale of tough competition on the court and gritty teamwork in the world, it asks what...
TENNIS
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Billie Jean King Invests In Future of Women’s Sports

Billie Jean King Enterprises, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Elysian Park Ventures, and R/GA Ventures are launching a women and sports-focused venture studio called Trailblazer Venture Studio. Partnering with entrepreneurs and companies that prioritize women leaders, athletes, and fans, the Trailblazer Venture Studio will support selected startups with services, connections, and...
LOS ANGELES, CA

Billie Jean King on BJK Cup in Asheville: 'We should have all of them here'

ASHEVILLE — Billie Jean King believes Asheville will enjoy compounding benefits as a three-time host of the international women's tennis tournament that bears her name. At a press conference before the first day of matches in the Billie Jean King Cup qualifying tie between Team USA and Ukraine, King discussed her memories from previous events, players' impressions of Asheville and the role the tournament can play in boosting local tennis.
ASHEVILLE, NC
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State Department event on gender equity in sports to feature Billie Jean King

April 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department announced Thursday that its virtual panel discussion on gender equity in sports will feature Billie Jean King, who championed women's professional tennis. The live panel discussion will be online Monday at noon EDT at Facebook.com/SportsDiplomacyDivision. King, the first female athlete to receive...
TENNIS

Billie Jean King will attend Team USA matches in Asheville, make donation for Ukrainian relief

Billie Jean King will be in Asheville next weekend for Team USA's qualifying tie against Ukraine in the international tennis tournament that dons her name. The tennis legend and social justice pioneer will feature in the opening ceremony before the start of the Billie Jean King Cup qualifying matches the afternoon of April 15 at Harrah's Cherokee Center.
ASHEVILLE, NC