In 1973, the year tennis icon Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the famous “Battle of the Sexes” match, women on average earned less than 60 cents on the dollar. The gender pay gap has since narrowed to about 79 cents. Today, King is among those leading the fight to close it.
"We need to do the right thing," says King, noting that the business world can play a major role in promoting equality and inclusion in the workplace. "Some companies are doing the right thing."
King—whose fight for equal pay and recognition for women in tennis is chronicled in the 2017 film “Battle of the Sexes”—recently sat down with Paula Polito, Client Strategy Officer of UBS Wealth Management Americas, for a conversation before clients about King's life and legacy.
Asked what advice she wished she'd known earlier, King stressed the importance of learning throughout one's life. "Everybody talks about mistakes all the time. I call it feedback," she said. "So the next time I get the ball, I try to correct what I did wrong the first time."