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Woman of the Month - Billie Jean King

Today we honor one of the greatest tennis players of all time and champion of gender equality, Billie Jean King. King (née Billie Jean Moffitt) was born in Long Beach, CA on November 22, 1943 into a family of athletes. She played softball as a young child and switched to tennis at age 11, saving up $8 to buy a tennis racket herself. King has spent much of her life promoting gender equality in tennis. She co-founded the World Tennis Team in 1973 and the Women’s Sports Foundation in 1974. She fought for women to receive the equal prize money as men in tennis matches, eventually becoming the first woman athlete to earn over $100,000 in prize money. In 1973, she defeated Bobby Riggs in straight sets to win the landmark “Battle of the Sexes” match. In May 1981, King became the first prominent female athlete to come out after she was sued by a former partner. The fallout from the lawsuit caused Billie Jean to lose an estimated $2 million in endorsements and forced her to prolong her tennis career to pay attorneys. King is the winner of 39 Grand Slam singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles, including a record 20 titles at Wimbledon. She retired from professional tennis in 1983 and has continued to be involved in sports and charitable organizations during her retirement. She lends charitable support to the fight against AIDS, acting as a director of both the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the National AIDS Fund On August 28, 2006, the National Tennis Center, home of the U. S. Open, was renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in honor of her contributions to tennis, sports and society both on and off the court, making her the first U.S. woman to have a sports stadium named after her. We raise a glass to Billie Jean King and her incredible accomplishments on and off the tennis court.

Woman of the Month - Bertha Benz

Ever heard of a little car company called Mercedes Benz? Today we honor the CRAZY co-founding entrepreneur, Bertha Benz. That’s right, one of the co-founders of Mercedes Benz, the source of the seed money, and the mind behind the marketing, was a woman. Bertha Ringer married Karl Benz in 1872...

Woman of the Month - Wang Zhenyi

We honor the CRAZY and AMAZING Wang Zhenyi. This badass woman was a famous scientist and astronomer during the Qing Dynasty. Born in 1768 in China, at a time when women were largely forbidden from reading, she was self taught in advanced mathematics and astronomy. She was also an accomplished...

Woman of the Month - Truus Wijsmuller

C R A Z Y Protective - We celebrate Truus Wijsmuller, who devoted her life to rescuing Jewish children from the Nazis.  She delighted in caring for others, and even though she could not have any children of her own, she became a mother to thousands.  She volunteered with multiple...

Woman of the Month - Sarojini Naidu

Sarojini Naidu, The Nightingale of India, was an Indian political activist, poet, and first Indian woman to be president of the Indian National Congress . Naidu was born February 13, 1879 in Hyderabad, India.  Following her studies and work as a suffragist in England, Naidu became interested in Indian National...

Woman of the Month - Hedy Lamarr

Actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr (née Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler) was born on November 9, 1914 in Vienna, Austria. She appeared in 30 films during her 28 year film career.At the start of WWII, Lamarr, along with with George Anthiell, developed a radio guidance system using frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology...

Woman of the Month - Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in 1820 or 1821. At a young age she suffered a severe head injury and suffered seizures the rest of her life. She escaped slavery in 1850 and worked as a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad in Maryland. She was illiterate, but employed coded songs...

Woman of the Month - Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks, born February 4, 1913, is best known for her refusal to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger on December 1, 1955. Parks' fight for equality was measured over a lifetime.  Parks joined the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP in 1943, serving as the...

Women of the Month - Marina Raskova

Marina Raskova was the first women aviator in combat and founded the Night Witches. The Night Witches were a Russian combat unit in World War 2, and played a major role in the surrender of the Nazis. Raskova assembled over 1,000 female pilots who flew tiny planes made of plywood with no...