Have you ever defied the expectations other people have of you just by being you?
Cristina of Sweden did. Though a Queen, she loved to be “unladylike.”
Born in 1626, Cristina became queen when she was just six years old after her famous father, King Gustavus Adolphus, died in battle at the age of 37. The Swedish nobles, unhappy about serving a female leader, expected Cristina to dutifully get married as early as possible and produce a male heir to the throne.
It was 1973, the age of feminism. Women were burning bras and dumping their false eyelashes and high heels into the "freedom trash can." What’s more, they were demanding equal pay for equal work and equal attention in professional athletics.
Retired tennis champion Bobby Riggs assumed the role of male resistance. Never before had a man faced a woman in singles tennis. That was about to change: Riggs challenged Billie Jean King to a dual. Their confrontation on the court would become a global event.
On September 20, 1973, Bobby Riggs met Billie Jean King for the “battle of the sexes.” Ninety million people worldwide tuned in to watch.