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Women’s tennis contributions

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Contribution to Gender Equality and Social Issues:

Pay Parity Billie Jean King’s efforts led to the U.S. Open becoming the first major tournament to ensure equal prize money for men and women in 1973.
Promoting LGBTQIA+ Rights Martina Navratilova has been actively involved in LGBTQIA+ causes, advocating for equal rights and supporting research on AIDS.
Raising Awareness of Gun Violence Serena Williams has spoken out against gun violence in America, motivated by her half-sister’s tragic death due to a violent crime.
Advocacy for Racial Justice Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff were prominent voices in the Black Lives Matter movement. Osaka wore masks with the names of racial injustice victims during the 2020 U.S. Open, using her platform to raise awareness.
Support for War Victims Iga Świątek has consistently shown support for war victims in Ukraine, wearing a ribbon in Ukraine’s colours during matches.
Progressive Policies and Measures The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) introduced rule changes allowing players returning from maternity to use their frozen ranking for tournament seeding, promoting inclusivity.
Holding Institutions Accountable The WTA boycotted tournaments in China for nearly a year-and-a-half, demanding a fair investigation into sexual assault allegations raised by Chinese player Peng Shuai against a senior government official.


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