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Billie Jean King
November 22, 1943 -
Nationality: American
Category: Athlete
Subcategory: American Athlete

Any therapist will tell you that when you're ready, you will come out. To be outed means you weren't ready.


The old boy network is still very strong and very true. Just look at the stock exchange and how many men and women are there. It is still very much run by men.


Women get the attention when we get into the men's arena, and that's sad.


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.


No one changes the world who isn't obsessed.


Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity.


I like entrepreneurial people; I like people who take risks.


It's just really important that we start celebrating our differences. Let's start tolerating first, but then we need to celebrate our differences.


Sports are a microcosm of society.


I didn't really care if I had a coach that much, me personally, because I was brought up to think for myself.


I knew after my first lesson what I wanted to do with my life.


I think it's impossible to judge whether another person should come out. You just hope they will on their own time and their own terms.


They're not put on earth to be martyrs; they have to want to come out. It depends on your culture, where you work, where you live. Each person's circumstances are unique.


A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.


In 1973, a woman could not get a credit card without her husband or father or a male signing off on it.


Men can have a huge turnover of sponsorship and still survive a lot better than the women. But the women's ratings are better, at least at home in the United States than in the men's tennis.


I used to be told if I talked about my sexuality in any way that we wouldn't have a tennis tour.


I think younger players probably just think they are who they are-they don't think about coming out. Unless you're number one in the world, nobody cares, usually.


In 1973, women got 59 cents on the dollar; now we are getting 74 cents on the dollar. In the area of finance and business, we are at 68 cents on the dollar.


The main thing is to care. Care very hard, even if it is only a game you are playing.


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