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An introduction to the life of billie jean king

Pressure is a Privilege: Lessons I've Learned from Life and the Battle of the Sexes

Around age eleven, Billie Jean found her passion and her plan: Less than ten years later, she was well on her way to achieving her goal, after winning her first Doubles title at Wimbledon.

During her phenomenal career, this champion tennis player earned an astounding 20 Wimbledon titles and won four U.

Opens and three World Team Tennis Championships, among other victories. Billie Jean King lived up to her promise: She proved that women could compete as well as men and she moved tennis from the country clubs to the national spotlight. Billie Jean grew up in Long Beach, California with her brother, Randy Moffit, her father, a firefighter, and her mother, a homemaker.

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From early on Billy Jean and Randy could be counted on to play just about any sport. Once she took her first few swings of the racquet, however, tennis became her focus. Despite these obstacles, Billie Jean emerged a competitive, talented player who was on her way to the top ranks in the sport. Winning respect loomed larger on her agenda. She was a first-hand witness to the inequities that women players confronted at every tournament. All that would change as King, and a handful of other women players, lobbied to bring financial equality to the sport.

They developed a bargaining union, which began to bring progress in the late sixties and early seventies.

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So, in 1973, when Bobby Riggs, an aging tennis champ of the forties and fifties, declared that women would never play tennis as well as men could and challenged Billie Jean to a match, King took him up on the offer. All of these accolades add up to a distinguished career of someone who has in fact, as the five-year-old Billy Jean Moffit predicted, done something great with her life.

She has created foundations that help to enhance the lives of women and girls through sports and bring about cooperation and equity among all people, regardless of gender, race, or sexual preference.

Billie Jean King has made earning a living as a professional sportswoman a reality.

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