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.

Billie Jean King Home Quote

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.

Billie Jean King Hope Quote

If your partner wants to be private you have to respect that.

Billie Jean King Respect Quote

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

Billie Jean King Sad Quote

Sports are a microcosm of society.

Billie Jean King Society Quote

When they take surveys of women in business of the Fortune 500 the successful women 80% of them say they were in sports as a young woman.

Billie Jean King Business Quote

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.

Billie Jean King Finance Quote

Champions keep playing until they get it right.

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

Sports teaches you character it teaches you to play by the rules it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life.

Women’s sports is still in its infancy. The beginning of women’s sports in the United States started in 1972 with the passage of Title 9 for girls to finally get athletic scholarships.

I wanted to use sports for social change.

In the seventies we had to make it acceptable for people to accept girls and women as athletes. We had to make it okay for them to be active. Those were much scarier times for females in sports.

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.

Billie Jean King Sports Quotes