"Everyone thinks women should be thrilled when we get crumbs, and I want women to have the cake, the icing and the cherry on top, too." That was Billie Jean King, one of the world’s greatest tennis players, back in 1970 when she won the Italian Open at Foro Italico. She took home $600 for the win. Her male counterpart, Ilie Nastase, earned $3600 for winning his side of the men’s draw. Notice a difference? It took 36 more years until the gap finally closed.
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