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Billie Jean King | Female Tennis Champion and Activist

Photo by: Jonathan Exley / King Enterprises
Billie Jean King | Female Tennis Champion and Activist
Billie Jean King started making a name for herself in the world of competitive tennis in the early '60s, but it wasn't until she won the 1968 Wimbledon championship that she truly realized the gender gap on the courts. This was the first year they handed out prize money at the competition, and to King's dismay, she received a mere 750 pounds compared to the male winner's 2,000 pounds. After the Men's Tennis Association was founded in 1972, King went on to organize the Women's Tennis Association.
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