The impact and indomitable spirit of Billie Jean King—pathbreaking feminist, champion of equality, world-class athlete—transcends her spectacular sports achievements. Her new memoir, All In, chronicles King’s journey to find her true self, from her humble beginnings to her brilliant tennis career, her activism, and her unwavering commitment to fairness and social justice.
All tickets (except Student/25 & Under, complimentary, and a limited number of Reduced Price/No Book tickets), include a copy of King’s forthcoming book, All In, shipped by our partner bookstore to the ticket holder’s address. This event will be pre-recorded due to timezone differences.
In All In: An Autobiography Billie Jean King recounts her groundbreaking tennis career: six years as the top-ranked woman in the world, twenty Wimbledon championships, thirty-nine grand-slam titles, and her watershed defeat of Bobby Riggs in the famous “Battle of the Sexes.” She recalls the cultural backdrop of those years and the profound impact on her worldview from the women’s movement, the assassinations and anti-war protests of the 1960s, the civil rights movement, and, eventually, the LGBTQ+ rights movement.
“Early on, what was most apparent to me was that the world I wanted didn’t exist yet,” King writes. “It would be up to my generation to create it.”
King describes the myriad challenges she’s hurdled—entrenched sexism, an eating disorder, near financial peril after being outed—on her path to publicly and unequivocally acknowledging her sexual identity at the age of fifty-one. She talks about how her life today remains one of indefatigable service, and she offers insights and advice on leadership, business, activism, sports, politics, marriage equality, parenting, sexuality, and love. Her story shows how living openly has had a transformative effect on her relationships and happiness.
Billie Jean King is the first female athlete to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She is the founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, the Women’s Tennis Association, and the Women’s Sports Foundation. She was one of Life magazine’s “100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century,” and in 2018 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. King is also the author of Pressure is a Privilege: Lessons I’ve Learned from Life and the Battle of the Sexes released in 2008.