Presented in honor of her 75th birthday, this exhibition celebrates Billie Jean King through more than 75 photographs depicting her remarkable life and career. A sports icon as well as a lifelong advocate for gender equality and social justice, King lobbied for and obtained equal prize money for women at the US Open in 1973. She is renowned for her celebrated win over Bobby Riggs in the “Battle of the Sexes” match on September 20, 1973, and has won an incredible 39 Grand Slams. Co-curated by Helen R. Russell, researcher, Billie Jean King Enterprises, and Marilyn Satin Kushner, curator and head, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, New-York Historical Society.
In 2016, Billie Jean King donated her archive to the Museum, including her shoes, racket, and other items from her illustrious career. Learn more about the Billie Jean King Archive.
The New-York Historical Society is grateful for the partnership of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative in the realization of this exhibition. Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Seymour Neuman Endowed Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.