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Billie Jean King

A Woman's Place is on the Football Field:
How NWFL Quarterback Barbara O'Brien Defied the Odds in a Pre-Title IX World

Purpose2Play | Posted 08.27.2015 | Sports
Purpose2Play

When you think of female sports pioneers, you probably think of Wilma Rudolph, Nancy Lieberman or Billie Jean King -- women of the pre-Title IX age who made the road a little easier for the athletes who followed. It's about time you added the name "Barbara O'Brien" to that list.

She Can Serve - and Lob!

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.16.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Serena Williams just won her 20th Grand Slam tennis tournament. This amazing performance has her following in the footsteps of some tennis women greats who came before her. Match the woman with her accomplishment.

A Love Letter to LGBT Progress

Kent Reiersgaard | Posted 06.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Kent Reiersgaard

I doubt the people who took a stand on a hot summer evening at the Stonewall Inn knew their acts of defiance would usher in a new era of LGBT rights. Oh how I wish we could go back to that day in 1969 to tell all those people what was ahead.

197,000 Fans View 'Bad Boy' Nick Kyrgios's #VolleyingChallenge - He Nominates Andy Murray & Serena Williams to "Go to the Wall Against Cancer"

Paul Sanderson | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Paul Sanderson

New 20-year-old Aussie tennis sensation Nick Kyrgios has come perilously close to being defaulted for language and/or racquet and ball abuse at the US Open, the Australian Open, where John McEnroe was famously defaulted in 1990, and the Estoril Open in Portugal.

A Court (Finally) Seeks Justice for the Women in Long-Ago Rapes

Lonna Saunders | Posted 06.01.2015 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

Perhaps our 50 state legislatures should look to South Africa's lead and re-examine their state statutes of limitations on rape and sexual assault.

From the Heartwarming Real Story Behind the ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge to the Cancer #VolleyingChallenge

Paul Sanderson | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Paul Sanderson

I began looking into the ice-bucket challenge because I was thinking of launching a challenge of my own. It turns out that it originated as the Cold Water Challenge. It was to donate to cancer research or jump into cold water. But my challenge is a bit different.

Billie Jean King - Rallying for a New Equality

Lori Sokol | Posted 03.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Lori Sokol

Currently, there is no U.S. federal law that adequately protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers from employment discrimination. But King has no plans to retire, at least not off the court.

Sport as Socio-Political Institution

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.03.2015 | Sports
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Perhaps, as time goes by, as more pioneers break racial, sexual, gender, religious, ethnic, language, and other barriers, athletes' very being may one day have diminished political implications, but sport has always been and will forever have political consequences and possibilities.

From Desperation to Education

Lori Sokol | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact
Lori Sokol

The Women's Forum created The Education Fund in 1987 to provide annual awards to encourage mature women in need to fulfill their potential through the pursuit of an undergraduate college education.

Bottom Line: It's All About Inclusion

Billie Jean King | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Billie Jean King

Ninety million people worldwide watched me step onto the tennis court to defeat Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of Sexes" 41 years ago. Looking back, my victory was more than a point of athletic pride -- it was about social change, part of a growing movement that showed women were equal to men.

10 Things I Learned From Having Brunch With Billie Jean King at the 2014 Out & Equal Workplace Summit

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 01.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

I attended the 16th annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit at Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco, California. There were more than 3,000 attendees from 30 different countries. Billie Jean King spoke at the brunch plenary on election day, Nov. 4. Here are 10 things I learned about Billie Jean King.

10 Things You Need to Know About the 16th Annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 12.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

The 16th annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit takes place for the first time in San Francisco November 3rd through 6th at the Moscone Center West. Here are 10 things you need to know about it.

Women in Business: Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the Women's Tennis Association

Laura Dunn | Posted 12.17.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Named by Forbes magazine as one of the "Most Powerful Women in Sports", Stacey Allaster is an entrepreneurial leader with a history of leading global ...

A Conversation with Jason Collins

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 10.24.2014 | Sports
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

Collins stated he thought about coming out during the lockout in 2011 when he had time on his hands and after seeing an "It Gets Better Video" his trainer did.

30 Stars and Doctors Sign the 'Petition for Briggs for Cancer Immunotherapy for All'

Paul Sanderson | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Sanderson

It's time for governments, cancer organizations, and the cancer industry to devote their resources primarily to immunotherapy and give it urgent priority.

Women in Business Q&A: Kathy Kinane, Kinane Events

Laura Dunn | Posted 06.21.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Voted Race Director of the year by Competitor Magazine in 1999 and top 25 people making a difference in Orange County by OC Metro in 2000, Kathy Kinan...

Gay Tennis Legend: 'I'm Worried About The LGBT community For Their safety'

AP | MELISSA MURPHY | Posted 03.02.2014 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Jean King's taxi ride home after the Sochi Olympics included a revelation. She learned Jason Collins joined the Brooklyn Net...

The Olympics Are Over, Now What?

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 04.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

The Olympics are over and maybe those of us who deplore the situation of the LGBT community in Russia can again all sound like we are on the same side.

Making a Difference: The World of Giving - the Olympics Are Inspirational Even in Times of Security Concerns and Controversy

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 04.12.2014 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Here are my top five recommendations of ways to be supportive of athletes and Russians who are gay and dealing with this law and its challenges at the Sochi Games:

Billie Jean King Drops Out Of Olympics Opening Ceremony

AP | MELISSA MURPHY | Posted 02.05.2014 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Jean King will not attend the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics in Russia because her mother is ill. King was chosen in...

Billie Jean King Won't Attend Sochi Ceremony

AP | MELISSA MURPHY | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Jean King will not attend Friday's opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics in Russia because her mother is ill. King, who was...

First Nighter: Three Overly Similar Entries From Manhattan's January Festivals

David Finkle | Posted 03.18.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

If it's true that great minds think alike, it may be equally true that minds a notch or two below great also think alike.

Senior IOC Member Rips U.S. For Sending 'Four Lesbians To Russia'

AP | ANDREW DAMPF | Posted 01.25.2014 | Sports

ROME (AP) — A senior Italian IOC member criticized the United States on Wednesday for including openly gay athletes in its official delegation for n...

Obama, My Mama and the Evolution of Love

Zachary Dominitz | Posted 03.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Zachary Dominitz

Shortly before starting high school, my mom convinced me that a change might do me some good. So following a summer sweeping and stripping floors and hauling trash as a janitor at the elementary school, I moved four hours south, a world away.

Where Did All The Activist Athletes Go?

thinkprogress.org | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

On a stage in the heart of the University of Wisconsin campus, Aaron Rodgers had a crowd of 2,000 Badger students rocking. The reason, this time, wasn...