On the 50th anniversary of King's game-changing Battle of the Sexes match, the icon joined sports stars and celebs to celebrate all she's done and what's to come
In the years since, King, now 79, has worked tirelessly for equality in women's sports, most recently stepping out at the US Open to mark the 50th anniversary of equal prize money for both sexes at the annual tennis competition. Former First Lady Michelle Obama was on hand to praise King for her efforts.
“Billie Jean teaches us that when things lie in the balance, we all have a choice to make,” Obama said. “We can either wait around and accept what we’re given. We can sit silently and hope someone else fights our battles. Or we can make our own stand. We can use whatever platforms we have to speak out and fight to protect the progress we’ve made, and level the playing field for all of our daughters and their daughters.”
In honor of the major milestone, PEOPLE and e.l.f. SKIN threw a Women Changing the Game party in King's honor on Wednesday night, Sept. 20, at Manhatta in New York City, bringing together celebrities and stars of women's sports for an inspiring conversation with the legend.
Christie Brinkley and Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King and Bridget Moynahan
Soccer Stars Kelley O'Hara, Ali Krieger and Kristie Mewis with Billie Jean King
Marcia Gay Harden and Billie Jean King
Christie Brinkley and Padma Lakshmi
PEOPLE President Leah Wyar, Billie Jean King, Editor in Chief Wendy Naugle and Dotdash Meredith CEO Neil Vogel
Peloton's Ally Love and Jess King with Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King in Conversation with PEOPLE Editor in Chief Wendy Naugle
e.l.f. CMO Kory Marchisotto and Billie Jean King
Pinky Cole and Billie Jean King
Ubah Hassan, Dotdash Meredith CEO Neil Vogel and PEOPLE Editor in Chief Wendy Naugle
Folake Olowofoyeku and Bridget Moynahan
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