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Billie Jean King
Former tennis champ and champion for gender equality Billie Jean King. The new film Battle of the Sexes, is based on the story of the exhibition match she played against Bobby Riggs known as the "Battle of the Sexes." She was 29 and Riggs was 55. The match took place on September 20, 1973 at the Houston Astrodome. She beat Riggs in three straight sets. Though she's most famous for this match, her accomplishments go much further. She helped turn tennis into a professional sport, championed the equal pay for women in tennis, and was instrumental in founding the Women's Tennis Association. She also won 20 Wimbledons. After retiring from tennis at the age of 40, King formed the World Team Tennis league which promotes gender equality team playing. She's still associated with it. In 2009 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Fri, Sep 22, 2017 -- 1:00pm


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