Billie Jean King: How Business Leaders Can Be Stronger Allies for Women of Color
At the age of 13, I saw Althea Gibson play at the Los Angeles Tennis Club. She showed me what being No. 1 in the world looked like, and I knew I wanted to follow in her footsteps from that day forward. She epitomized “if you can see it, you can be it,” and watching her play tennis changed my world forever.
At the time, I thought I understood the gravity of all the barriers she broke — including being the first Black woman to win a major tennis title — but in hindsight, I knew very little about the challenges she faced in the real world. The fact is that in the nearly 65 years since she was a “first,” there are still so many barriers to knock down, especially in the so-called modern working world.