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How Far Has Feminism Come Since Billie Jean King's Historic Win over Bobby Riggs?

Following a private screening in New York of the just- released film Battle of the Sexes, lead actress Emma Stone, who plays tennis pioneer Billie Jean King in the film, and Billie Jean King herself sat for a panel to discuss the issue "How Far Has Feminism Come?" The event came just a day before the national #openingweekend of the movie highlighting the historic match between King and Bobby Riggs.

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King, a longstanding supporter of gender equality and pay equity recalls "daydreaming about my sport, thinking there are white spectators, white players, white clothes, all white, and I asked myself ‘Where is everybody else?’" She says that was the spark she needed to "help change the world to become more inclusive."

Emma Stone and Steve Carrell on set of Battle of the Sexes

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Stone too was impacted by taking on the role of a feminist icon. In addition to having to add 15 pounds to her small frame to appear more like King on screen, she expressed the awesomeness what the "original nine [women] went through to split off and form WTA [Women’s Tennis Association] for a dollar because they were not being paid equally."

Stone continued, "we stand on her shoulders in the fight for equality. A young girl had the courage to speak out. She taught me that you can push through your fears and still have a voice."

Battle of The Sexes is in theaters now.

Source: Forbes