"She was a crusader fighting a battle for all women."
-Elton John, singer songwriter, in 2013 on Billie Jean King
[Source: American Masters]
Billie Jean King accomplished many great things in her career. Her leadership ability led to the beginning of the Virginia Slims Circuit, which led to the WTA. She defeated Bobby Riggs in the 'Battle of the Sexes', which changed the way women were viewed. Social standards changed and women are now viewed as strong and powerful. King was able to found WTT, which highlights the importance of men and women working together with equal rights and equal opportunities. She was also able to start the Women's Sports Foundation, which provides grants and scholarships to athletes. Her legacy still lives on today; Girls across the country are given the opportunity to participate in sports because of the leadership initiative of Billie Jean King.