HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!

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Today we celebrate all that makes us unique… our fierceness, our curves, our beauty!

Here’s to you beautiful ladies!

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I am declaring it Women’s Week =) and posting about fierce, amazing women who have impacted the world of fitness, some leaving their legacy behind… I will post one woman per day to help inspire us, as well as to encourage us to keep pushing those boundaries!  GIRL POWER!

BILLIE JEAN KING b.1943

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Some interesting facts about Ms. King (WIKIPEDIA):

1.  In 1971 she became the first woman athlete to win more than one hundred thousand dollars in a single year.

2.  In 1972, she won the women’s singles title at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the French Open.  For this feat, Sports Illustrated magazine named her “Sportswoman of the Year,” and Sports magazine deemed her “Tennis Player of the Year.”

3.  In 1973, King again won Wimbledon’s singles and doubles championships.  It was then that she began to openly criticize the low prize money offered to women competitors. Her statements on this issue led to the offer from a major U.S. drug manufacturer of a large sum of money to make the prize money at the U.S. Open equal for both men and women!!

4.  On November 20, 2007, King was presented with the 2007 Sunday Times Sports Women of the Year Lifetime Achievement award for her contribution to sport both on and off the court.

Ms. King was one of the most influential female tennis players in history.  Through her sport and her foundation, Women’s Sports, she has championed social change and equal rights.  She dedicates her time to the advancement of women and girls through physical activity, and promotes health, fitness, education and social change.

HAPPY TRAINING!

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