Billie Jean King—longtime champion for social justice, former No. 1 tennis player in the world, and the first female athlete and first member of the LGBT community to be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom—is a pioneering leader in the movement for gender equality both within and outside of sports. In celebration of the grand opening of New-York Historical’s new Center for Women’s History—and the inclusion of pieces from her personal collection—King discusses her iconic life and career with American philanthropist, David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, highlighting pivotal moments including her historic victory in the 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” match and underlining her mission to incorporate equality into the larger fabric of the American story.
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In a powerful talk, historian Amanda Foreman delves into the social, political, and economic importance of gender equality—a history which has spanned millennia and cultures and has developed into one of the critical issues of the 21st century.
Early American historians reveal the complicated story of these iconic statesmen who, though never true friends, worked together tirelessly to establish the Nation.
Scholars examine Roe v. Wade’s underlying legal, political, and social implications and elucidate why the case continues to incite vehement debate today.
In this wide-ranging discussion, experts survey the pivotal moments in modern Jewish-American history.