Tennis Legend and civil rights activist Billie Jean King on Oct. 12 made an appeal for support for Tammy Baldwin's historic campaign for the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin.
In an email message on behalf of the campaign, King said: “When I started playing tennis, women had no respect. We were playing the same sport as our male counterparts, often drawing the same crowds, and for a tenth of the pay. Since I was 12 years old, I have been fighting for equal rights for men and women. My ‘Battle of the Sexes’ match against Bobby Riggs helped to open the door for the next generation of young women and men to play alongside each other and continue the fight for equality.
“Tammy Baldwin knows about the naysayers. When she announced her campaign for US Senate, there were plenty of doubters. A woman has never won a US Senate seat in Wisconsin. An openly gay person has never won a US Senate campaign in American history.”
“Now Tammy is days away from proving them wrong—but she needs you more than ever.”
Inviting contributions to Baldwin’s campaign against Republican and former Gov. Tommy Thompson, King said, “Here’s a little hint for those out there watching from the sidelines: never underestimate a strong, determined woman who’s wiling to stand up and fight for what’s right and what is fair.”
King described Baldwin as a trailblazer on the edge of history.
Earlier this year, King was involved in the formation of LPAC, a lesbian super PAC dedicating its resources to raising money for pro-women, pro-LGBT candidates.
LPAC's first funded candidate was Baldwin. The group's appeal said Baldwin is “a champion of women’s rights, LGBT equality” and a fighter for “poor and middle class Americans.”
Actress Jane Lynch also is involved in the group.
The election is Nov. 6.