Billie Jean King: For Freedom and Equality


Dive into the story of tennis legend Billie Jean King's work as a champion for women and LGBTQ Americans. Explore ephemera, photographs, and objects from King's life that chart her emergence as an icon for equality—from her refusal to lie about her sexuality when she was publicly outed at a time few famous figures were openly gay to the presentation of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom to honor King's "unwavering defense of equal rights."

Lead support for the Billie Jean King collection provided by the Women's Sports Foundation.

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Seymour Neuman Endowed Fund, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor. 



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