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13 Reasons To Be Thankful For The Existence Of Billie Jean King

The most iconic woman in tennis turned 70 in November.

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5. King, along with a group of other female tennis stars dubbed "The Original 9" fought for equal prize money for men and women in tournaments.

A fight that Venus Williams took up at Wimbledon.

7. Even after her retirement, King didn't stop championing for the causes she believes in.

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She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2009.

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