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Quotations From BILLIE JEAN KING

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  • 1.
    It is very hard to be a female leader. While it is assumed that any man, no matter how tough, has a soft side ... any female leader is assumed to be one-dimensional.
    Billie Jean King (b. 1943), U.S. tennis player. Billie Jean, ch. 11 (1982). In addition to playing championship tennis, King had assumed leadership in the campaign for better treatment of women tennis players, had been a co-founder of the Women's Tennis Association, and had begun the magazine WomenSports.
  • 2.
    The main thing is to care. Care very hard, even if it is only a game you are playing.
    Billie Jean King (b. 1943), U.S. tennis player. Billie Jean, ch. 16 (1982).
  • 3.
    When we reach the point where the women athletes are getting their pick of dates just as easily as the men athletes, then we've really and truly arrived. Parity at last!
    Billie Jean King (b. 1943), U.S. tennis player. Billie Jean, ch. 12 (1982). Referring humorously to the female "groupies" who pursued popular male athletes.

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  • 4.
    Female athletes are stereotyped by the general population—and usually as homosexuals.
    Billie Jean King (b. 1943), U.S. tennis player. Billie Jean, ch. 15 (1982). Married and a tennis champion in the 1960s and 70s, King was revealed as a bisexual in 1981 when her former lover, Marilyn Barnett, sued her for "palimony."
  • 5.
    There is no life for girls in team sports past Little League. I got into tennis when I realized this, and because I thought golf would be too slow for me, and I was too scared to swim.
    Billie Jean King (b. 1943), U.S. tennis player. Billie Jean, ch. 2 (1982).

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  • 6.
    I have a lot to say, and if I'm not No. 1, I can't say it.
    Billie Jean King (b. 1943), U.S. tennis player. As quoted in WomenSports magazine, p. 52 (January 1978). Though beset with knee problems, the tennis champion was struggling to regain her number one ranking.
  • 7.
    ... today, you just walk on the court, throw up the ball, roll over your arm, and make $100,000. I killed myself for $100,000.
    Billie Jean King (b. 1943), U.S. tennis player. As quoted in WomenSports magazine, p. 52 (January 1978). On what was then the recent great increase in prize money for women tennis players. King's activism, and her great popularity with tennis audiences, had been major reasons for the increase.

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  • 8.
    People say, "Do you know how much a million dollars is?" I don't have a clue. How many Big Macs will it buy me?
    Billie Jean King (b. 1943), U.S. tennis player. As quoted in WomenSports magazine, p. 31 (May 1977). King, who by this time had earned an impressive income as a tennis champion, was the daughter of a firefighter and had been raised in very modest circumstances.

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  • 9.
    ... why shouldn't women make good coaches? We were brought up to listen, to nurture, to observe.
    Billie Jean King (b. 1943), U.S. tennis player. As quoted in Sports Illustrated, p. 74 (April 29, 1991).

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