We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle

107. Billie Jean King: Abby’s Hero Shares Her Hardest Battle

107. Billie Jean King: Abby’s Hero Shares Her Hardest Battle

We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle - June 23, 2022 - 52:50

1. How Billie Jean could not live as her full authentic self until age 51.2. The moment Billie Jean knew that Abby was not okay after her USWNT retirement. 3. How to visualize a reality that doesn’t yet exist – so you can be it, even when you don’t see it. 4. How Billie Jean numbed herself through an eating disorder and how she recovered by not being a “good girl.” 5. Why Billie Jean does not regret her pre-Roe abortion, and the degrading process she endured to access it. CW // eating disorders discussion About Billie Jean: Named one of the “100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century” by Life magazine and a 2009 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Billie Jean King is the founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, founder of the Women’s Tennis Association and the Women’s Sports Foundation and part of the ownership group of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Angel City FC and the Philadelphia Freedoms. King also serves on the board of the Women’s Sports Foundation.In her legendary tennis career, King captured 39 Grand Slam singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles, including a record 20 Wimbledon championships. Her historic win over Bobby Riggs in the 1973 Battle of the Sexes, is one of the greatest moments in sports history. In 2017, Fox Searchlight released the critically acclaimed film, Battle of the Sexes, which depicts the cultural and social impact of the groundbreaking match. In September 2020, King became the first woman to have an annual global team sports event named in her honor when Fed Cup – the women’s world cup of tennis – was rebranded as the Billie Jean King Cup. Her memoir, ALL IN: An Autobiography, is available now.TW: @BillieJeanKingIG: @billiejeanking

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I’m Glennon Doyle, author of Untamed, the book that was released at the very start of the pandemic and became a lifeline for millions. I watched in awe from my home while this simple phrase from Untamed – WE CAN DO HARD THINGS – the mantra that saved my life twenty years ago, became a worldwide rally cry.Life is freaking hard. We are all doing hard things every day – we love and lose; we forge and end friendships; battle addiction, illness, and loneliness; care for children and parents; struggle in our jobs, our marriages, our divorces; we try to set and hold boundaries – and we fight for equality, purpose, joy, and peace right in the midst of all the hard.On We Can Do Hard Things, my wife Abby Wambach, my sister Amanda Doyle, and I do the only thing that has ever made life easier: We talk honestly about the hard. We laugh and cry and help each other carry the hard so we can all live a little bit lighter and braver, free-er, less alone.