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The birth of women’s tennis in Houston, Texas.   These original nine women tennis players signed a $1 contract with Gladys Heldman, publisher of World Tennis Magazine and risked being banned from the sport. Bottom left: Judy Dalton, Kerry Melville (Reid), Rosie Casals, Gladys Heldman, Kristy Pigeon. Top left: Valerie Zingenfuss, Billie Jean King, Nancy Richey (Gunther) and Peaches Bartkowitz, September 1970.

Photo credit: Houston Public Library, HMRC

Billie Jean King defeated Evonne Goolagong for the Roland-Garros French Open Women’s Singles Championship, 1972.
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Billie Jean King, ca. 1973.
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Billie Jean King was carried into the Houston Astrodome to play Bobby Riggs for the “Battle of the Sexes” match.  An estimated 90 million viewers around the world watched the match broadcast by ABC Sports on September 20, 1973.

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Billie Jean King testified at the Senate Hearings for the Women’s Education Equity Act, November 1973.

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Billie Jean King playing at the Family Circle Magazine tournament at Hilton Head Island’s Sea Pines Resort, 1977.

Photo credit: Kathy Willens/Associated Press

Billie Jean King with Bella Abzug and other leaders at the National Women’s Conference, Houston, Texas. King held the international women’s torch as she addressed the crowd to see the finish of the 2,610 mile run from Seneca Falls, New York to Houston, 1977.

Photo credit: Associated Press

Billie Jean King partnered with Martina Navratilova in Ladies Doubles at Wimbledon to win her record setting 20th Wimbledon Championship, 1979.

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Billie Jean King, astronaut Sally Ride, and Ms. Magazine editor Gloria Steinem at a reception hosted by Girls Club of America to honor Dr. Ride in New York, August 1983.

Photo credit: Richard Drew / Associated Press

Billie Jean King participated as one of the Grand Marshals for the 49th NYC Pride March, June 24, 2018.

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