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Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports
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Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports [Format Kindle]

Susan Ware

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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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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 940 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 295 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0807834548
  • Editeur : The University of North Carolina Press; Édition : 1 (1 mars 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The dilemma of modern feminism 13 mai 2011
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How quickly we forget what we didn't have back in the day--equal rights! Ware's book reminds us of how hard Billie Jean King and other feminists fought to bring the social consciousness into the reality of female discrimination.

My generation--the 50s girls--were called tomboys if we liked sports. We didn't have the opportunities that girls and women of the Title IX generation do. They take for granted that competing in sports is something that you do because you want to.

There may have been worse forms of prejudice (socially) in the U.S., but there is no sharper example of inequity than that which operated against girls and women who took part or wished to take part in competitive sports. School administrators were not necessarily opposed to women's sports as long as they could do it without cutting into programs for men. Normally those in charge of making these decisions were men.

In 1973, Billie Jean King was the right feminist in the right sport at the right moment in American history. Her match against Bobby Riggs cemented her stature as America's first female sports superstar. She proved that women did not choke, were not frail and weak, and could face pressure and take it. In a single tennis match, Billie Jean was able to do more for the cause of women than most feminists can achieve in a lifetime. To this day, strangers, especially women, still approach Billie Jean to tell her that the match changed their lives. She moved beyond just tennis to become a symbol for something even bigger: women's rights and women's changing role in society.

Billie Jean appears in every chapter of Ware's book, but sometimes only in a supporting role--it shows where her story and that of Title IX converge--working toward eradicating all forms of discrimination in careers, personal lifestyles, and athletics. She wanted little girls to dare to dream of equal-opportunity and offered her career as a model and an inspiration. In 1990 Life magazine named her one of the hundred most influential people of the twentieth century.

Now the dilemma of modern feminism is how to recognize and embrace difference while also seeking formal equality. One of the major tenets is freedom of choice--women should be free to pursue any life courses they choose unencumbered by stereotypes or traditional gender expectations--in sports or any other areas. There is a tendency now to dismiss feminism as a relic of the past, to talk about the amazing opportunities girls have these days, to act as if the revolution is over and the mission accomplished. Well, it isn't.

Ware's view of history should be read by women of all ages--those who lived through it and survived as well as (perhaps especially) the younger ones who benefited by it.

by Doris Anne Roop-Benner
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Tennis book 12 mai 2013
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This books delves much deeper into society than just tennis. It looks at the politics behind women's sports and education in America. Kinda droll at times, but exciting at others.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 OK, if you like tennis history books 26 juillet 2013
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Not my favorite tennis book. Just OK. Not convince that Billie Jean was domineering for women's tennis. Nor, deserving of a stadium named after her. Just my opinion
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This is where Billie Jean Kings story and that of Title IX converge. In her own career she was working toward the same general goal as the legislation: challenging and eradicating all forms of discrimination in athletics so women could finally have a sporting chance to play on equal terms with men. To accomplish this goal took education, advocacy, political engagement, and even entrepreneurship. &quote;
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misgivings. You give a little to accomplish something big. Or as she was quoted in Sports Illustrated in 1972: If I hadn't playedI'll be &quote;
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And the third was the charismatic figure of Billie Jean King to bring the two together. &quote;
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