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Watch now! Colbert and King Gayly Anticipate the Olympics

Tennis legend Billie Jean King made an appearance on The Colbert Report to discuss the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. President Obama, in a bold smack to the chiseled chest of Vladimir Putin, named her one of the United States’s Olympic Delegation—one of three of the delegation who are openly gay.

Who’s a better Billie? Kate McKinnon, or Billie herself?


June 23, 1972: Title IX is Signed into Law
On this day in 1972, President Richard Nixon signed Title IX of the Education Amendments into law. Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in all education programs or activities which receive federal funding. In addition to traditional educational institutions, Title IX applies to any education or training program receiving federal financial assistance.
One of the most notable impacts of Title IX is the implementation of women sports in schools. As a result, there are more women participating in sports than ever before. In 1971, there were about 310,000 girls and women participating in high school and college sports, in the United States; today, there are more than 3 million. (x)

Jane Lynch, Wanda Sykes, Billie Jean King and other gaymos love Obama.

Model/actress Brooklyn Decker has a dog named Billie Jean after Billie Jean King. She also has some girl crushes, including Kristen Wiig, Lana Del Ray, Erin Andrews, Marisa Miller and Charize Theron.

We totally just wrote about this Original 9 reunion last week.


Two out tennis legends, Billie Jean King and Rosie Casals, were honored last week alongside seven other women who changed tennis: Nancy Richey, Kerry Melville, Peaches Bartkowicz, Kristy Pigeon, Judy Dalton, Valerie Ziegenfuss and Julie Heldman. In 1970, two years before Title IX and three before King took on Bobby Riggs in the “Battle of the Sexes,” the “Original 9” signed contracts, for one dollar, with the publisher of World Tennis magazine and agreed to start a series of women’s professional tennis tournaments. - Lucy Hallowell

Billie Jean King and Rosie Casals remember the Original 9