Particular Passions

Particular Passions: Talks with Women who Shaped our Times

Billie Jean King -- On the Bobby Riggs Match

Billie Jean KingLynn GilbertComment

"Take the Bobby Riggs match, for instance. To beat a fifty-nine-year-old guy was no thrill for me. The thrill was exposing a lot of new people to tennis. But the most important thing about the match was that women liked themselves better that day. In Philadelphia a few weeks later, I walked into the offices of the Bulletin to meet the editor, and all the secretaries stood up and clapped. They just went berserk. The editor said, “You have no idea what you did. The day after you played Bobby Riggs,all of these women asked for a raise.” Billie Jean King -- Particular Passions: Talks with Women Who Shaped Our Times.

The oral biography of Billie Jean King from her days on the court.