Billie Jean King

Feminist Advocate & Winner of 1973 Tennis Match Battle of the Sexes

How to hire Billie Jean King

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When she is booked for events, Billie Jean King is known to discuss the following topics.

1973 Battle of the Sexes – Widely regarded to be one of the most importance sporting moments in modern history, the 1973 Battle of Sexes set feminism on a trajectory to mainstream prominence. Formerly undermined in the sporting world, Billie’s victory proved that female players were just as capable as their male counterparts – if not better.

Inclusion in Sport – Billie’s first experience with gender inequality was at the age of 12, when she wasn’t allowed to wear tennis shorts like the boys did. This was only the beginning, with Billie later being underpaid, undermined, and underappreciated in the sport. Since then, she has used her fame and influence to rewrite the rulebook for future female tennis players, and promote the importance of inclusion not just in sport, but in life too.

Overcoming Adversity – Whether she was faced with homophobia or sexism, Billie used the criticism to fuel her advocacy, and overcome adversity. When booked for events, she uses the experiences that have defined her to inspire audiences, teaching them the techniques she used to push past challenges in life. Whether in the streets or the boardroom, Billie’s invaluable insight arms audiences with a toolbox for overcoming adversity.

Equal Pay, Equal Work – Equal pay has played a large role in Billie’s life, with many of her advocacy campaigns centering around the imbalance in prize money for male and female tennis championships. She used her influence to lobby for equal prize money in the US Open, and even found a sponsor to make it happen. Billie promotes the importance of equal pay at events.