Named one of Life magazine's "100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century" and the first member of the LGBT community to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Billie Jean King carries a legacy far beyond her 39 Grand Slam titles. Over her long career, she leveraged her role as a public figure to champion human rights, challenge discrimination, and fight for gender equality.
This special installation highlights her 1970s advocacy on behalf of women in sports, featuring items from the Billie Jean King Archive, donated to the New-York Historical Society in 2016. See the white lace dress she wore when she won the US Open in 1971 and Wimbledon in 1972; the racket she used during her 1975 grand slam title win at Wimbledon; and the Essex Bowl she received after winning the Essex County Country Club Ladies’ Invitational Tennis Tournament a record three times.
Additional items from the Billie Jean King Archive will be displayed in the new Center for Women's History on our renovated fourth floor, opening April 29.