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The Making of a Sports Icon

Susan Ware

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

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834541
eISBN:
9781469603384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807877999_ware.4
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter focuses on Billie Jean King's 1982 autobiography. In it, she reflected on the changes that she had seen in the first forty years of her life, a time of enormous transitions for women, ... More


Billie Jean King, Inc.: Womensports, the Women's Sports Foundation, and World Team Tennis

Susan Ware

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

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834541
eISBN:
9781469603384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807877999_ware.6
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter discusses Billie Jean King's first retirement that occurred after winning Wimbledon in 1975. It didn't stick, but she was already devoting increasing time to a variety of business and ... More


The Woman Who Should Be King: The Simplification of the Life and Career of Billie Jean King

Elizabeth O’Connell

in A Locker Room of Her Own: Celebrity, Sexuality, and Female Athletes

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617038136
eISBN:
9781621039617
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617038136.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

This chapter explores the lasting legacy of the tennis athlete Billie Jean King in advancing gender equality in sports. Her victory over Bobby Riggs in the exhibition match dubbed as the “Battle of ... More


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

Susan Ware

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834541
eISBN:
9781469603384
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807877999_ware
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

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 ... More


Prologue The Battle of the Sexes

Susan Ware

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

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834541
eISBN:
9781469603384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807877999_ware.3
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter argues that Billie Jean King was the right feminist in the right sport at the right moment in American history. What she proved that night in a courageous performance of physical prowess ... More


The Feminist Moment That Wasn't

Susan Ware

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

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834541
eISBN:
9781469603384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807877999_ware.9
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter focuses on the time when Billie Jean King alerted readers of women-Sports to be on the lookout for “the largest gathering of tomboys and ex-tomboys in recent history.” She wasn't ... More


“What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is Going on Here?”: Trashsports and Scandal

Travis Vogan

in ABC Sports: The Rise and Fall of Network Sports Television

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780520292956
eISBN:
9780520966260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520292956.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

ABC Sports capitalized on the notoriety it achieved during the 1970s by licensing an eclectic collection of items and producing non-sports programming. Along these lines, the subsidiary demonstrated ... More


In the Meantime: The Early Days of Title IX

Susan Ware

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

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834541
eISBN:
9781469603384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807877999_ware.5
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter describes how Billie Jean King dramatically recalled her feelings about the Bobby Riggs match's larger historical significance for reporter Selena Roberts. “My job in the match, and I ... More


Afterword: The Goddess Dethroned

Jack Lule

in A Locker Room of Her Own: Celebrity, Sexuality, and Female Athletes

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617038136
eISBN:
9781621039617
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617038136.003.0011
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

This chapter explores how the mythologies of gender roles are being changed by the emergence of headstrong female athletes. Since ancient times, femininity has always been associated with the ... More


Zipless Abandon: Erica Jong1973

George Cotkin

in Feast of Excess: A Cultural History of the New Sensibility

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780190218478
eISBN:
9780190218508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218478.003.0024
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century, Cultural History

Erica Jong’s smash-hit novel, Fear of Flying, was a work of unabashed sexuality and feminism. It takes the traditional male bildungsroman and turns it into a journey about a woman’s identity and ... More


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