In honor of March being Women’s History Month, I’ll take the time to honor a woman who helped to change the face of women in professional sports.
Men have always been thought to be more superior than women, especially in sports. However, there’s one particular moment when that just wasn’t the case. Billie Jean King was this exception.
Her story is described in detail on History.com in an article titled, “Billie Jean King Wins the ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ 40 Years Ago”. King was a very popular women’s tennis player. On September 20, 1973, she was challenged to a match by former Wimbledon champion, Bobby Riggs. This match is known for being the “Battle of the Sexes.” Riggs believed that he could beat any woman at tennis even being 55 years old, according to the article.
Yet King ended up eviscerating him 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in front of more than 30,000 fans at the Houston Astrodome…
This was a major deal. No one ever thought possible for a woman to beat a man at a sport that was dominated by men. However, King turned that impossible thought into a possible reality and in turn, gave women a true sense of pride.
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