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, 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.
Billie Jean King, the winner of 39 Grand Slam titles and one of Life Magazine’s “100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century,” is the founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and the co-founder of World TeamTennis. David M. Rubenstein (moderator), an American philanthropist, is a Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group.
Presented in collaboration with the Center for Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society
with support from
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