Billie Jean King

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  • Billie Jean King Accomplishments

    still exist if it were not for Billie Jean King. She came from humble beginnings and made her way to the top, becoming one of the best tennis players in the world. Billie Jean completely changed not only the tennis world, but the world as a whole, using her prominence on court to make a difference for women’s rights and the LGBT community around the world. Billie Jean King is 73 years old, and was born on November 22, 1943, in Long Beach, California (“Billie Jean King, Mylan WTT co-founder”). According to, she was raised by her mother, who was a housewife, and father, who was an engineer at the local fire station. Both…

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  • Billie Jean King's 'Battle Of The Sexes'

    tennis champion Billie Jean King took on Men’s tennis champion Bobby Riggs in Houston, Texas in a winner take all $100,000 tennis match. The match was nationally televised and was named the “Battle of the Sexes”. King would defeat Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, and become the first women to defeat a man in any sport. After the match, it is reported that Riggs “was devastated and isolated himself in his hotel room for four hours.” The match had an estimated 90 million viewers worldwide, 50 million just…

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  • When Billie Beat Bobby Analysis

    An essential message to take from When Billie Beat Bobby, a 2001 comedy drama film, is to not let anybody define you. This film focuses on the historic 1973 “Battle of the Sexes”, although relatively cheesily, and the struggles that Billie Jean King--the protagonist--undergoes as a young child and even when she is and adult and challenged by the “male chauvinist pig” Bobby Riggs, the antagonist. This message is asserted by Billie Jean King herself by her quote “Don’t let anybody define you.…

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  • Masculinity In Sports Essay

    Her epiphany occurred while she was observing a baseball game and realized that no women were present on the diamond. Not only did this realization shatter her lifelong dreams of becoming a professional baseball player, it was a lesson that would remain with her for the rest of her life. King realized that if she was going to be a professional, female athlete, she needed to play a sport that was more ladylike. American society had a difficult time watching women participate in sports that were…

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  • Sexism In Sports Essay

    He claimed he could beat any of them. He was the stereotypical male superior minded person at the time. He said “women belong in the bedroom and kitchen, in that order.” Also stating they play 25 percent as a good as men. And that’s how much they should get paid. After Bobby beat Margaret Court. Billie Jean King finally accepted his request to play her after few times. The winner would get 100,000 a win takes all match On September 20, 1973 in the astrodome in Houston in front of 30,492 fans.…

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  • The Omaha Special Analysis

    Tennis-“The Omaha Special” Former grand slam champion Billie Jean King was once quoted that, “Tennis taught me so many lessons in life. One of the things it has taught me is that every ball that comes to me, I have to make a decision. I have to accept responsibility for the consequences every time I hit the ball.” Similar to a competitive tennis match, life is full of calculated yet complicated choices. Every decision that one makes has a consequence. Whether this consequence is examined within…

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  • Women's Equality In Sports

    Women have struggled for years to gain equality with their male counterparts. In the 1960’s, women were expected to marry in their early 20’s and devote all of their time to domestic chores in the home. She was expected to watch after her children and have dinner ready for her husband he arrived home from work. Because of this, women had fewer opportunities in sports and were seen as inferior to men. It wasn’t until a famous tennis match in 1973 between a woman, Billie Jean King, and a man,…

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  • The Girl Is Mine Analysis

    Track 2 (“Baby Be Mine”): This song starts with percussion and synthesizer sound effects. The lyrics begin at 0:20. I noticed that the percussion highlighted the second and fourth beats of the measure. The song was a legato sounding pop song that sounded like some of the songs on the top 40 radio stations. Background singers entered at about 0:58; they shocked me because I did not expect something like that in this song. About that time there was an interesting hollow sound that I enjoyed. I was…

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  • Analysis Of Billie Holiday's Song 'Strange Fruit'

    When I first heard Billie Holiday sing Strange Fruit, I was immediately saddened by her tone. It instantly gripped my attention because she started the song off referring to a “strange fruit.” This reference automatically made me listen closely to see what “fruit” she was speaking of. The next line talked about blood on the trees’ leaves and roots which instantly stirred up feeling of sadness. This song describes the lynching of African Americans in the South. I asked myself, what could a man…

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  • The Day Lady Died Poem Summary

    death of singer Billie Holiday. This poem is unlike most in that it lacks figurative language throughout. O’Hara’s poem uses what seems almost like a bulletin, with every one of his actions being listed. He includes every detail of his day from the time he completed an action up to the people he interacted with along the way. On the surface, all of these things seem to be unrelated to the death of Holiday seeing as that her death itself is not mentioned until the last stanza of the poem.…

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