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Happy 75th Birthday, Billie Jean King!

To commemorate our Founder Billie Jean King’s 75th birthday on Nov. 22, we called upon some of the amazing women whose lives her work has touched. Billie Jean has dedicated her life to ensuring that all girls and all women have the opportunity to compete. Her tireless efforts have changed countless lives, including the millions of girls — and young athletes in the making — that the Women’s Sports Foundation has reached.

We are encouraging everyone to share how Billie Jean has inspired you or what gender equity means to you, while using the hashtags #ThankYouBJK and #BJK75!

Athletes featured in the video

(in order of appearance)

Mary Carillo
Sasha DiGiullian, Climbing
Adeline Gray, Wrestling
Jessica Long, Swimming
Amanda Kessel, Ice Hockey
Alex Rigsby, Ice Hockey
Breanna Stewart, Basketball
Aimee Mullins, Track & Field
Dawn Riley, Sailing
Devin Logan, Freeskiing
Chloe Kim, Snowboarding
Elena Hight, Snowboarding
Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, Track & Field
Jaelin Kauf, Freestyle Skiing
Jessie Diggins, Nordic Skiing
Lauryn Williams, Track & Field, Bobsled
Kamali Thompson, Fencing
Caryn Davies, Rowing
Lauren Chamberlain, Softball
Charmaine Reid, Badminton
Kikkan Randall, Nordic Skiing
Maggie Steffens, Water Polo
Martina Navratilova, Tennis
Mary Joe Fernandez, Tennis
Meryl Davis, Ice Dancing
Misty Hyman, Swimming
Oksana Masters, Nordic Skiing and Biathlon, Cycling
Patti Kauf, Freestyle Skiing
Phaidra Knight, Rugby
Wendy Hilliard with girls from the Wendy Hilliard Foundation, Rhythmic Gymnastics
Michelle Kwan, Figure Skating
Katie Ledecky, Swimming
Jessica Long, Swimming
Julie Foudy, Soccer
Alana Nichols and girls from Tibet, Alpine Skiing, Wheelchair Basketball
Laila Ali, Boxing
Angela Hucles, Soccer
Angela Ruggiero, Ice Hockey
Elana Meyers Taylor, Bobsled
Ash Barty, Tennis
Kim Clijsters, Tennis
Donna de Varona, Swimming
LaChina Robinson, Basketball
Tracy Austin, Tennis
Lyn St. James, Auto Racing
Elina Svitolina, Tennis
Heather McPhie Watanabe, Freestyle Skiing
Joanna Lohman, Soccer
Jessica Mendoza, Softball
Heather O’Reilly, Soccer
Meryl Davis, Ice Dancing
Steffi Graf, Tennis
Tatyana McFadden, Track & Field and Marathon
Katrina Adams, Tennis
Shea Holbrook, Auto Racing
Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Tennis
Candace Parker, Basketball
Collette Smith, Football
Grete Eliassen, Freeskiing
Petra Kvitova, Tennis
Simona Halep, Tennis
Caroline Garcia, Tennis
Caroline Wozniacki, Tennis
Women’s Ice Hockey Team:
* Meghan Duggan, Ice Hockey
* Hilary Knight, Ice Hockey
* Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Ice Hockey
* Kendall Coyne Schofield, Ice Hockey
Sophia Herzog, Swimming
Hannah Roberts, Cycling
Helen Delpopolo, Sumo and Judo
Yolanda Jackson
Wendy Hilliard and the girls, Rhythmic Gymnastics
Jordyn Wieber, Gymnastics
Karolina Pliskova, Tennis
Katherine Switzer, Track & Field – Marathon
Kikkan Randall, Nordic Skiing
Mary Joe Fernandez, Tennis
Martina Navratilova, Tennis
Mary Carillo