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Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports

Susan Ware

Abstract

When Billie Jean King trounced Bobby Riggs in tennis's “Battle of the Sexes” in 1973, she placed sports squarely at the center of a national debate about gender equity. In this combination of biography and history, the book argues that King's challenge to sexism, the supportive climate of second-wave feminism, and the legislative clout of Title IX sparked a women's sports revolution in the 1970s that fundamentally reshaped American society. While King did not single-handedly cause the revolution in women's sports, she quickly became one of its most enduring symbols, as did Title IX, a federal ... More

Keywords: Billie Jean King, Bobby Riggs, tennis, sports, gender equity, sexism, second-wave feminism, Title IX, women—s sports revolution, sex discrimination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780807834541
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807877999_ware

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Ware, author