Billie Jean King


Billie Jean King was born on November 22, 1943 in a town called Long Beach California. She is known for her famous match against Bobbie Riggs also known as "Battle of the Sexes", but shes not just famous for that. Billie turned pro in 1968, she won 12 grand slams singles titles and also 16 Grand Slam women titles and 11 Grand slam mixed doubles. King has played in Wimbledon, U.S. Championship, Pacific Southwest Championships. When she was at the age of 15 she was practicing on the Junior Wightman Cup team. She is a big strong believer of no sexism in sports and also in the nation. In Billie Jeans personal life she went to UCLA for college, Billie Jean was married to Lawrence King and they ended up divorcing, later she realized she was gay. She now lives in New York and Chicago. Billie Jean King has had a major impact on not just Women's Tennis but Women's Sports in general not only has she fought for womens equality
She has helped out a lot with womens rights and equality in womens tennis, she is the Honorary Chair of the Women's Sports Foundation. King has won not one but two awards the first one was the Elizabeth Blackwell Award is was given to her by Hobart and William Smith College the award stands for a women who has shown exceptionally good service to humanity. This award was presented to her in 1998.
The second award was for The Arthur Ashe Award for courageous fight for equality in women's sports, it was given to her in 1999. She is also involved in very important causes, she serves as a director on many boards such as the Elton John, AIDS Foundation and one that we all know is very important to her heart the Women's Sports Foundation. She is the founder of the Women's Sports Foundation. Billie Jean King has had a major impact in not just Women's Tennis but Women's Sports in general. Not only has she fought for womens equality, but she has shown women all that it does not matter what gender you are, you are as strong as you want to be, and if you put your mind to something, you can succeed.


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