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Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women S Sports: Book by General Editor Susan Ware (Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study American National Biography American National Biography American National Biography American National Biography American National Biography American National Biography American National Biography)

Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women S Sports

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ISBN: 9781469622033    Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Paperback / softback No of Pages: 296 pp        
When Billie Jean King trounced Bobby Riggs in tennis's "Battle of the Sexes" in 1973, she placed sports squarely at the center of a national debate about gender equity. In this winning combination of biography...Read more
When Billie Jean King trounced Bobby Riggs in tennis's "Battle of the Sexes" in 1973, she placed sports squarely at the center of a national debate about gender equity. In this winning combination of biography and history, Susan Ware argues that King's challenge to sexism, the supportive climate of second-wave feminism, and the legislative clout of Title IX sparked a women's sports revolution in the 1970s that fundamentally reshaped American society. While King did not single-handedly cause the revolution in women's sports, she quickly became one of its most enduring symbols, as did Title IX, a federal law that was initially passed in 1972 to attack sex discrimination in educational institutions but had its greatest impact by opening opportunities for women in sports. King's place in tennis history is secure, and now, with "Game, Set, Match," she can take her rightful place as a key player in the history of feminism as well. By linking the stories of King and Title IX, Ware explains why women's sports took off in the 1970s and demonstrates how giving women a sporting chance has permanently changed American life on and off the playing field.
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In "Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports," the role of a pioneer and much of the leveling legislation she inspired--namely the NCAA's title IX provisions--is...Read more
In "Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports," the role of a pioneer and much of the leveling legislation she inspired--namely the NCAA's title IX provisions--is gamely told by women's history scholar Susan Ware.--"Publishers Weekly
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